The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Times (Orillia, ON), December 9, 1880

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Closing of Navigation

The Maganettawan came in from Byng Inlet last Friday - she found the May Barges, which left here last week froze in near the Byng Inlet lighthouse. The "Mag" succeeded in cutting her way into the Inlet and the Barges followed her in. She had to cut her way out again, and the "May" attempted to get out also, but whether or not she succeeded the men of the Maganettawan" were unable to say. Capt. O'Donnell reports being caught in the gale of Saturday, and he found great difficulty in bringing her through it safely; and had she not been the staunch little craft she is, she must have gone down.

The P.S. L. Co's Barges, "Lothair" and "Corisande" got as far as Sarnia but owing to ice in Lake St. Clair could not get any further. The "Vanderbilt" got as far as Kincardine, and the "Tecumseth" which also left here abut the same time got to Sarnia. Navigation on all lakes is now practically closed.

On Sunday the "Mittie Grew" went out to the Mink Island lighthouse at the entrance to our harbour, and brought Mr. W. McGowan, the keeper into town. Mr. McGowan wisely as is his usual custom, resides in the village through the winter.

Last Sunday, the Northern Belle came into port from Collingwood with a very heavy load of freight, the cargo amounting to about 250 tons. She was obliged to cut her way through some five miles of ice varying in thickness from two to four inches, while coming through the Waubuno channel. Being so heavily loaded the plating on her sides, so that she was somewhat cut from her contact with the sharp ice. Her crew proceeded at once to unload her, and owing to the refusal of one of the dock owners to open his warehouse they were obliged to pile a large quantity of freight on the dock. That the Sabbath should be duly observed all are agreed, but that the refusal to receive freight last Sunday was altogether a wise or insidious course is a question which - so far as the Sunday is concerned - is being generally answered in the negative here. When life or property is at stake even the sanctity of the Sabbath should not stand in the way .If we remember right this is the doctrine laid down in the "Good Book' The "Belle" left about noon on Monday, arriving in Collingwood all right that night. Although a heavy wind was blowing all day This is her last trip this season and about once went into winter quarters.

The fact that our harbour is the last on the Georgian Bay to freeze up speaks volumes for the future. While even Toronto bay was frozen over solid enough for skating there was scarcely a sign of ice here- Star

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Bill Hester
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Times (Orillia, ON), December 9, 1880