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Collingwood May 20
Collingwood is filled with unwonted life and activity. The noise of preparation for the outgoing expedition, resounds through her usually quiet streets...
The Chicora is being thoroughly renovated from the hold to the hurricane deck and prepared for the reception of te troops to morrow The work of loading was commenced this afternoon, and is being carried on vigorously. The Chicora will leave for Fort William to- morrow (Saturday) after the arrival of the troops from Toronto. Besides a heavy cargo of general stores, she will carry 150 men (about half troops and half voyageurs) and the cattle racks will be filled with twenty four horses, as many as the stalls will hold.
The Chicora will also have in tow a barge laden with forage. George Smith of this place has received instructions to charter a barge for the purpose. He is negotiating for the barge Clifton, one of the largest vessels of the kind on Lake Huron.
The Frances Smith arrived here from Parry Sound to-day, and leaves for Owen Sound this afternoon, on her regular trip. She takes on board Mr. Myers and eight men, who during the trip to Owen Sound, will fit up forty cattle stalls similar to those on the Chicora, which were constructed under the superintendence of Col. Bolton. R. A., who is at present in command of the troops at the Sault. The stalls are easily put up, and are being constructed on the same plan as the racks in which cattle and horses were transported from England to the Crimea during the Russian war. Thus far they have been found to answer the purpose admirably - occupying comparatively little space, and keeping the cattle in their places in the roughest weather during the passage
The Frances Smith having been engaged by the Government will return about two o'clock to-morrow morning and the work of loading will commence immediately on her arrival here, and she will leave for the Sault in the afternoon. Besides a general cargo of stores she will take 300 men including troops and teamsters and the stalls will be filled with forty horses.
The Waubuno is expected hee from the Sault to-morrow evening She will make her usual trip to Parry Sound on Saturday returning here in time to take a cargo to the Sault on Monday on the arrival of the morning train.
The Waubuno - Contrary to expectation, this boat came into port on Tuesday evening , and as her well known whistle was heard , a crowd soon collected at the dock. The band too, expectant that troops were on board, prepared to give them a welcome, and proceeded to the wharf for that purpose. This disappointment was great, as beyond a stock of general merchandise, she was comparatively unloaded. She received a hearty welcome, however, with expressions of good feeling for a prosperous voyage to the Sault. She left at an early hour on her mission.