A Trip to the Sault
At Intervals during the season the Great Northern Transit Co. have excursions to Mackinaw in connection with the Sault trip. The last was by steamer Manitoulin, the newest and staunchest of the company's line, which left Collingwood, on Wednesday, the 10th. About one hundred excursionists were on board, and a pleasanter company it would be difficult to get together. To one accustomed to the route a description would probably prove tedious, but its many beauties cannot fail to strongly impress the tourist who makes it for the first time. Capt. Campbell and Purser McDongall were the officers of the boat, which in itself was an ample guarantee that the occasion would be one of a complete enjoyment as the individual peculiarities of the excursionists would permit. With unwearied patience they would answer every question which curiosity could suggest; indeed in this respect the Capt. Largely exceeded what was expected of him, and as each point of interest presented itself was ready with a detailed description of all connected with it. The route embraced Killarney, the town of fish and huckl-berries, Manitowaning, Little Curent, Le Cloche, Mudge Bay, Spanish River, Gore Bay, celebrated for its excellent hotel, the Ocean, not less than its beautiful bay; Meldrum Bay, Cockburn Island, Thessalon, Bruce Mines, Hilton, St., Joseph's Island, Garden River and the Sault. After the Sault there was the run to Mackinaw, about one hundred and twenty miles which was reached on Saturday at 2 p.m. Here the boat layed over until Sunday morning, when St. Ignace was taken in, after which the regular route was regained at St. Joseph's . The visit to Mackinaw was most interesting... On Sunday morning service was held on board by Rev. M. Cameron, of Acton, supplemented with a baptismal service, the first ever performed on the Manitoulin.... Medical aid was available on the boat... The great kindness and attention of the Capt. And Purser could not go unrecognized and as an evidence of the appreciation and gratitude of the passengers the former was presented with a very handsome water cooler and silver cup, and the Purser with a water cooler. ... Altogether the trip was a most enjoyable one, and we cannot do our readers who have the time and means to better service than to advise them to secure tickets for the excursion which leaves Collingwood on the 20th inst...
Following is a copy of the address accompanying the presentation to the Captain and purser, to which made suitable replies:
Capt. Campbell and M. McDougall:
We, the excursionists of the Manitoulin, cannot allow ourselves to separate after six days of such uninterrupted pleasure without conveying to you are great full acknowledgement of the many obligations under which your unwearied solitude and kindly patience have placed us.
For you Capt. Campbell, whom many of us have met on this occasion for the first time, we can assure you that we shall always retain the most pleasing recollections. Your inexhaustible good nature, courtesy and attention, and as well as your unweared exertions in contributing so largely to our enjoyment demand and receive our most grateful thanks, and as an expression of that gratitude we beg you will accept this pitcher and cup. The only regret accompanying them is that they are not more worthy of the occasion which prompts us to offer them for your acceptance.
We beg that you, too Mr. McDougall, will accept this mark of our esteem and earnest of our thanks for your unceasing kindness during the trip, which we all regret is so soon to terminate. As an evidence of our appreciation of that kindness we tender it, feeling how inadequate it is to express fully our deep sense of the many courtesies and attentions you have shown us. In behalf of the excursionists,
J. A. Mather,
6th Aug., 1881