The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), May 15, 1861

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Launch of the Schooner "Queen of the North"

There was a large turn out of the good people of Nottawasaga Sunnidale and Collingwood, to witness the launch of this fine vessel, which took place on the 10th at Nottawassaga river, thirteen miles from Collingwood. This vessel was commenced some time since by a company at Collingwood, but being unable to go on, after a short time she was purchased by Mr. G. H. Wyan in connection with Messrs. A. M. Smith & Co., of this city, who have completed her. Her length is 134 feet, 11 feet hold, 261/2 beams, capacity about 16, 000 bushels, or 400 tons burthen, and valued at $13, 000 She is built of the very best seasoned oak, strongly fastened and spars of Norway pine. The rigging, canvas, patent iron shear-blocks, &c., are all imported; and her capstan, windless, centre board, &c., were manufactured by Messrs Doty & Co., of Oakville. On the arrival of the steamer Clifton from Collingwood, everything being ready, the word was given to cut away, and she shot off her ways into the river in fine style, being christened "Queen of the North, " by Miss McWatt, daughter of the Mayor of Collingwood. After returning, on board the Clifton, a lunch was spread, and the health of her owners drunk together with that of Capt. Smith who had kindly placed his steamer Clifton at the disposal of the Collingwood people. The wharf was at last reached, and every one left for their homes in good humour with themselves and all mankind. We should mention that the finisher of the vessel is Mr. John Potter of Oakville, who has done himself much credit and satisfied all interested. Capt. A. Martin, also of Oakville, will sail her, and we wish him every success with his staunch vessel, - Globe.

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), May 15, 1861