The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), June 22, 1876

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On the evening of the 13th inst. The excursion given by the Warden of our County to the members of the County Council and their friends, started from Collingwood per steamer Waubuno at 10 o'clock... The evening was all that could be wished , and the steamer glided along, on her course passing among the picturesque Christian Islands and heading for Waubaushene. The hours intervening before that place was reached were spent in a variety of ways, according to the several tastes of the voyageurs. At one end of the boat might be seen a group telling stories; at another a party engaged in some game; in some other corner were a cluster discussing politics, the condition of Europe, and other cheerful topics; some strolled idly about deck enjoying the beauty of the calm, cool night, and drinking in the loveliness of the surrounding scenery; other restless jovial spirits were skirmishing around intent on having fun; and a few were quietly looking at what was going on around them. But all were evidently, in their own way, making the most of what was no every day opportunity of having an enjoyable pleasure trip. At 4 o'clock the Waubuno reached Waubaushene, and an hour was spent in viewing the village and surroundings, the Georgian Bay's Co's lumber mills being the great point of interest. Arrived at Penetanguishene the party were met by Mr. Cook M P. ...After viewing the railway cutting a move was made back to the steamer, when it was found that at the dock was a handsome new tug on the skids ready for launching. The Warden was chosen to officiate at the ceremony of the christening which he did with commendable grace and impressiveness. He broke the customary bottle of wine over the new vessel and named it the Mary Beck, supplementing the ceremony by a few happy remarks to the effect that the boat might be a profit to its owners, never meet with disaster at sea and always act as became a decent well-organized and beautiful craft. The steamer then left for the Reformatory dock and a visit was paid to he Penitentiary.... Midland was soon afterwards reached and under the guidance of Mr. Errington who met the party a visit was made... and at 3 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon the Waubuno steamed away on the homeward trip. During the voyage back Captain Campbell and officers of the vessel were presented with an address by those on board, in testimony of the gratitude they felt for the kindness and courtesy extended to them while on the excursion. ...The boat finally arrived at Collingwood about 8 o'clock, the company on board singing lustily as the vessel approached the wharf, "Auld Lang Syne" And thus ended as pleasant able excursion as was ever enjoyed.


The Steamer Georgiana chartered by the Base Ball Club took a party to Waubaushene and Orillia on Saturday...

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), June 22, 1876