The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), June 1, 1882

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To the Editor of the Advance

DEAR SIR - The particulars of an all rail trip to Manitoba, ... The trip is made either by way of Sarnia or Collingwood. From the last named port the line consists of three steamers, the "Campana, the City of Owen Sound, and the Francis Smith, leaving on Monday and Thursday's and calling at Meaford, Owen Sound, Sault Ste Marie, Prince Arthur's Landing and Duluth, connecting at the last named place with the Pacific Railway, for all points West. The writer took passage by the first of the above named vessels, the Campana commanded by Captain Anderson, who has been on these upper lakes for some twenty five years, and is supposed to be as familiar with them as a bucolic lands man is with his kitchen garden. The Purser is Mr. H. Nixon, the Chief Stewart, Mr. James Rowan, and the Stewardess, Miss Anderson. The first sight of the Campana caused the writer to imagine for a moment that he was going east instead of West, and was being run into Point Levis by the Grand Trunk , instead of the Collingwood wharf by the Northern. She gives the idea of an ocean steamer, and un fact was built on the Clyde for the Cape trade, and purchased only last year by Mr. A. M. Smith, to be placed on this route. She is an iron vessel fixed with twin screws; 253 feet in length over all; 240 feet keel; and 35 feet beam. Registered at 2, 240 tons, and can accommodate without crowding 150 cabin, and the same number of steerage passengers. Her lower deck is of iron and the upper of lead .Her engines are made by the well known Glasgow Engineer, David Rowan. Considering her size she draws very little water and is no doubt for strength, speed, safety and comfort the crack passenger vessel of the upper Lakes; sailing from a Canadian port owned by a Canadian. The Campana left Collingwood for the second trip of the season on Monday last, shortly after the arrival of the steam boat Express and reached Meaford about 7 o'clock, which reminded the writer of the appearance presented by the station platform at Barrie... The whole population of the town had evidently yearned out to see the Campana and for a couple of hours that she remained at the wharf taking on cattle for the North-West, the stream of people that poured through the vessel would lead one to suppose that the reputation of the new steamer had excited the curiosity of a large community... After leaving Meaford the Campana headed for Owen Sound, which was reached during the night, and where she remained for some hours taking on freight. The hour of arrival no doubt damped the ardour of the Owen Sounders for sight seeing, and there was no raid of any consequence made upon the vessel at this port... From the Sound the run was made without stoppage to Sault Ste Marie which was reached at 9:30 the following morning...

Mr. JAS. PATTON, was at Killarney when the Manitoulin burned. He went over on Alex Clarke's tug to the scene of the fire, and while helping to cast the anchor had his hand badly smashed.

CAPT. O'DONNELL so long and favourable known in command of the steamer Maganettawan has taken charge of the Georgian Bay Lumber Co's new tug the Waubaushene. Capt. O'Donnell is one of the ablest and most trustworthy commanders on the waters. The Maganettawan will now be in command of Capt. Parsons a gentleman who is very highly spoken of..

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), June 1, 1882