The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), April 23, 1857

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We direct attention to the advertisement announcing the sale of this splendid little boat. Whilst bearing her aboriginal name Kalooah it is well known that she was reckoned to be one of the safest and best boats of her class; but since she was purchased by the present Company she has undergone considerable improvement at an expense of over $8000. By them she was named Collingwood, in honour, we presume, of the new town bearing that name, and which had become the residence of several of her proprietors. She was intended to run regularly between Owen Sound, Penetanguishene and Collingwood; but finding there was not sufficient trade for two boats on the same route she was with-drawn in favour of the Canadian. We cannot speak of her capabilities in stronger terms than by noticing the fact that during last season she took the place of the Louisiana, in her route between Green Bay and Collingwood; and we know for certain that no other boat made more regular trips, thereby proving that for speed and safety she may be adapted to any route on the lakes. The North Shore route offers great inducements for a boat of that kind, where new townships are being laid out, lumber mills erecting, mining locations improving, and consequently travel and commerce vastly increasing between the Manitoulas, the newly-settled Island of St. Josephs, Sault Ste Marie, Bruce and Wellington Mines, Penetanguishene and Collingwood. We find she has been very carefully laid up during the winter, and that she could be in first-rate sea-going order in a week. With all these advantages we were somewhat at a loss to account for her being offered for sale but we find in this case, as in many others, the old saw stands good - "too many cooks spoil the broth" The Company comprising a great number of stockholders, 37 in all, are scattered at great distances from each other, which renders it difficult in the direction.

One important feature in the route proposed is , it being purely a Canadian one, Government would undoubtedly afford important aid in the transmission of mail, &c and thereby remove it above that of a doubtful speculation.

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), April 23, 1857