The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Comet (Owen Sound, ON), May 17, 1861

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Launch of a Brig at Nottawasaga River

A large vessel of about 380 tons or 16, 000 bushels of grain capacity was launched on the 10th inst. at Nottawasaga River- A number of persons from the surrounding country besides a party from Collingwood, brought by the steamer Clifton were present. At 4 o'clock the ropes were cut and the vessel started in splendid style into her native element after being christened Queen of the North by Mrs. McWatt, wife of the Mayor of Collingwood. The vessel is built of the best description of seasoned oak, well fastened and pronounced by competent persons to be second to none afloat for strength and material. Her outfit is all of the very best to be had in New York or in the country. After the launch the Clifton returned to Collingwood. Meantime a number of ladies and gentlemen sat down to a lunch and ample justice was done it. Among the toasts given were the healths of the owner and Capt. Smith of the steamer Clifton who very liberally brought the party to the launch at great inconvenience to himself. The Queen of the North is owned by A. M. Smith and G. H. Wyatt of this city, and has been finished in a creditable manner by Mr. John Potter, of Oakville. She is valued at $13, 000, and will, no doubt prove a profitable vessel, being suited to any route, besides these lakes, she may be required to navigate. In a few days she will be loaded for Montreal and the command of Capt. A. Martin, an old veteran on these lakes-Ib.

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Bill Hester
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Comet (Owen Sound, ON), May 17, 1861