The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), November 29, 1855

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Owen Sound and Collingwood Harbour

We are glad to learn that arrangements are in progress which are likely to come to a successful issue, for the purchase of the Koloolah steamer, to make her a daily boat between the said ports for the coming season, to make one trip per week between Penetanguishene and Collingwood Harbour; being proposed that she shall leave the Harbour on Saturday afternoon for Penetanguishene, and return on Monday in time for the cars to Toronto. "Stock to a large amount has already been taken at Penetanguishene and Collingwood.

This arrangement will be most satisfactory, and give facilities for reaching our good Town in comfort and without the tedious delay which has been experienced the season now nearly out. The Koloolah is comfortably fitted up; and is also a faster boat than either of the boats on the route this season; and being much larger, she will be able to face weather which prevented the others from moving out- or, if out, compelled them to put back - it will be a great accommodation to the travelling community.

It is with regret we part with our old friend, Charles Thompson, Esq., the enterprising pioneer of the Northern route, which he sustained when , we believe, it must have been at a sacrifice. We remember over twenty years ago, when he started his first steamer on Lake Simcoe; from whence, after a few years he extended his operations to Lake Huron, over coming difficulties that would have compelled many men to succumb; but he was always hopeful; his clear judgement convinced him that the Northern route must become an important line of transit, and travel; and he now retires with his anticipations realized in a measure, and with the prospect of the Northern route becoming one of the greatest if not the greatest, line of travel for business and pleasure, as well as for the forwarding of goods, in Canada of which he certainly was the pioneer-O. S. Times

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), November 29, 1855