The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), September 12, 1860

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...I came to a steam saw mill, owned by Mr. Boys of Barrie and worked by Mr McDonald It is built close to the edge of the beautiful river, and close by there is the frame work of a good sized vessel on the stocks. I should suppose the length of the keel to be about 150 feet; the deck is planked; part of the outer planking is laid on the ribs, and timber is massive and well put together. The whole is composed of the very best white oak timber. With the exception of the deck which is pine. I was grieved to find such a structure at a dead stand-still for want of funds. It is to be hoped that the enterprising company will soon be enabled to bring it to completion .Surely there are parties in the shipping interests in Canada or the United States, if they only knew that could purchase, or build on a cheap scale, and especially where there are such excellent facilities for ship-building, would gladly avail themselves of such an Enterprize Would it not pay our ship-builders in Great Britain to come here and build for the English market? Surely it would. Here are all varieties of timber at hand, a splendid river, where a whole fleet may lay at anchor, or snubbed to a tree, calm and still as a babe in it's mother's lap, white old Huron may toss up its billows mast high. And what convinced me of this was on proceeding farther down the river I came to a small craft snubbed to a tree her name was the Emily of Collingwood in for repairs. The carpenter was caulking away , the captain and sailors splicing ropes and repairing rigging. The Nottawasaga Bay had a small breeze and shewed her white caps; but here lay the Emily, as quiet as a pussy at the fireside. The river is eleven feet in shallow water, some parts five fathoms; breadth about 150 feet.

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), September 12, 1860