The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Enterprise (Collingwood, ON), June 15, 1871

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"We left Collingwood" writes our correspondent, " on Sunday morning, May 28th at 2 o'clock arrived at Owen Sound at 6:30, the Chicora having on board a large quantity of freight and the mails" Arrived at the Bruce Mines, our correspondent continues;-

"The captain only gave us an hour on shore, which was spent in visiting the mines and crushing works. The place is very prettily situated, but very barren and rocky, and has a desolate appearance. After paying our respects to Mr Nicolson, and Mr. Marks, and getting a few specimens of copper ore, we started for the boat, and were under weigh again. It is from this point that the most beautiful scenery of the Georgian Bay commences, and which has already been so well described, that I will not attempt it for about the twentieth time. I may mention one little incident which might have been alluded with serious results to the boat, had it not been for the skill and presence of mind of the captain We were told to look out for the "Devil's Gap"through which we were to pass as it was one of the prettiest places on the route. There was only just room for the boat to pass through. While we were steaming through the beautiful bay, with no visible outlet, and all speculating as to the place we should find the gap all at once a small opening in the rock presented itself . The boat took a sharp turn to the larboard, in order to get through, high rocks are on both sides so near hat we could jump ashore and when we were about the middle of the gap the helm being hard a larboard the rudder chain broke; all was consternation for a moment- for the boat was in great danger of swinging against the rocks, but the captain was equal to the emergency. He ordered the helmsmen to run aft and seize the tiller, which was just accomplished in time to save us from striking the rocks. Having repaired the chain, we were soon under full steam again. The next stopping place was on the American side, opposite Garden River - and was a most lovely spot. We stayed here about half an hour to take in wood, and then started for Sault Ste Marie, where we arrived about noon on Monday, the 29th. As the captain told us he would stay on the American side about three hours to take in coal we concluded to get an Indian to ferry us across in a small boat, so that we could watch the Indians fish in the Rapids. It was a beautiful sight to see them paddle up into the foaming water with their bark canoes and catch fine large fish with dip nets...

For the Captain, Purser, Stewart and the officers generally of the Chicora we have a word of congratulation. There is urbanity and a continued expression of fraternal good feeling on the part of all these gentlemen, that renders a trip on the Chicora from Collingwood to Fort William especially enjoyable. To Mr. Stewart, the obliging and excellent Stewart of the Chicora we are under deep obligations . He will please accept our warm expression our thanks.

The Bulletin has turned croaker this week and predicted some terrible things about the Duluth trade and the future of Collingwood. It ventures even far enough to say that the Algoma "came down light and took up a small freight" whereas we are informed, she carried freight to the amount of 62 tons and refused 12 more because she did not wish to call at certain ports. The Algoma carried a number of passengers from Collingwood and would have received a large quantity of freight and passengers had she called at Owen Sound. The Waubuno also left well freighted having on board 25 tons of general cargo.

The Gun Boat Rescue is to be here this week, to convey the Pacific Railway party and supplies to Fort William...

IN BRIEF - The Francis Smith brought down on Tuesday and returned the same day, a number of Odd Fellows from Owen Sound. A brass band headed the procession through the town.

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Enterprise (Collingwood, ON), June 15, 1871