The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Advertiser (Owen Sound, ON), April 29, 1875

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We proceed with our account of the Harbour. The Frances Smith, that magnificent vessel, of which Owen Sound has reason to be proud is under the care of Captain Robertson beginning to look what she is the finest steamer on the Upper Lakes. Her inside painting is completed, and her outside is in progress. She is being repainted from stem to stern from bulwark to keelson. Besides her fine Ladies Cabin is refurnished and her magnificent Salon carpeted.. Painters and other workmen are as busy as bees on her, and when the ice gives way she will be ready to take her place on the old route from Collingwood to Fort William and Duluth. Her berths are all in order for the comfort of passengers, and some of them are being enlarged for the benefit of emigrants going to Manitoba. The Frances Smith is our own Boat, she is deservedly worthy of the praise bestowed on her. Last year such was the care with which she was commanded that she met with no accident whatever. She has all her old officers on board .Captain W, Tate Robertson commands her. His Chief Officer is J. Wood; second, Alex McLeod, First Engineer, James Johnston; second, Frank Young, Purser, W. Canpbell, Stewart, D. McPherson. She will run from Collingwood to Owen Sound, Sault Ste Marie, Neepigon and other ports on Lake Superior to Thunder Bay, Fort William and to Duluth on the United States side. We heartily wish her a prosperous year and freedom from all Accidents.

We notice the hull of the City of London lying in the river just in front of the new vessel, City of Owen Sound now building. Of course this will require to be taken out before the City can be launched; but it should be removed now, it is an eye-sore where it lies; but that is not the worst of it. It lies very much in the way of other vessels, It will be almost impossible for any vessel to turn round opposite to the hulk. It should be removed at once.

We notice also that the Toronto, Grey & Bruce Railway have made land just below the Frances Smith's wharf, on which they have laid their rails...

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Bill Hester
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Advertiser (Owen Sound, ON), April 29, 1875