The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Enterprise (Collingwood, ON), July 20, 1882

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The number of steamboat disasters during past years have been such a fruitful cause of sorrow and trouble to Canada that they have forced upon the Marine and Fisheries Department the necessity of adopting stringent measures to ensure safety to travellers. With the general tenor of those measures we are not disposed to find fault, as the safety of the public is of paramount importance, and as a general thing it is not over attended to. But (will there always be buts?) Even Departments when laying down rules for the guidance of those they both govern and serve should pay some attention to claims of proportion, and not leave their acts open to ridicule as they have done in the Order in Council lately passed at Ottawa. By the provisions the following steamers and tugs are limited to carry the number of passengers and crew opposite their respective names

City of Owen Sound40025
Frances Smith37030
Josephine Kidd8018
Lake Michigan4013
Northern Belle6018

With the assistance of the above able some curious contrasts can be made. The Chicora is allowed to carry as many passengers as the Campana's and a great many more than the Frances Smith, though of inferior tonnage and size to both named boats. If the Chicora can accommodate 600 passengers, the Campana might safely be allowed 800 or 900 and the Frances Then we have the Maganettawan and the Myrtle the latter a small tug, put down for 100 each. While the Emerald the Northern Belle and Canada are only entitled to carry much less than 100. The height of absurdity is reached when the tug Tender is given authority to carry 10 more passengers than the Canada which is put on a level with the Josephine Kidd. The Emily May which is almost half the size of the Canada is allowed to take on 290 passengers. Truly some one acquainted with the boats must have made up the figures...

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Bill Hester
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Enterprise (Collingwood, ON), July 20, 1882