The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Advertiser (Owen Sound, ON), October 5, 1882

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PASSENGER TRAFFIC - The Asia disaster has had the effect of seriously diminishing the passenger travel on all upper lake boats for this season, and no wonder.

THE MANITOULIN- This fine steamer is now rapidly approaching completion, and will be if possible stronger and more seaworthy than ever. It is expected she will make a couple of thips this season.

THE EMERALD - This steamer was inspected at Collingwood on Saturday last and pronounced fully equipped and seaworthy by the Government Inspector, of both hulls and machinery. She left here on Sunday as usual.

W. KOUGH, Esq., of this town chartered the tug Kendrick on Tuesday morning last and sent her in search of the bodies lost by the Asia disaster. She will cruise around Lonely Island and Cape Smith, and make a thorough search.

PERSONAL - Mrs. Alex Speers, who returned here from Brandon some two or three weeks ago, leaves for home on the Campana..

LARGE SALE - Messrs. Crane & Urquhart, of this town, shipped per steamer Africa, on her last trip, groceries and provisions amounting to the nice little sum of $3, 000 for Mr. Abbott, who has the contract of building the C.P.R. Branch at Algoma Mills..

THE COLLISION - Our readers will doubtless recollect the collision on the river here last season between the Wiarton Belle and one of the dredge scows, and the subsequent trial here this spring we understand that judgement has been given in favor of the owner of the Wiarton Belle.

PERSONAL - Captain Dunn is home again. We are sorry he lost the Picton, but as the Collingwood people are pleased, we must not complain too loudly...

Mr. D. A. Tinkiss of Manitowaning, one of the survivors of the Asia, was a passenger on the Africa this morning on his way to Collingwood to attend the adjourned inquest.

The Northern Belle was towed to Port Huron Dry Dock by the tug Mary Ann last week to have a new wheel put on. She is expected in Collingwood about the end of this week, and will probably take her place in the line on Monday next.

FUNERAL OF MR. JOHN McDOUGAL - The funeral of Mr. John McDougal, the unfortunate Purser of the ill-fated Asia, took place here on Monday afternoon. The funeral procession was a long one, and was largely attended by the Masons and United Order of Workmen both of which organizations the deceased was a member. All the places of business were closed and a sad feeling prevailed throughout the town.

A LARGE LOAD - The Prop. Africa sailed here on Friday morning last with the largest load of freight which has left this place or Collingwood for local ports since the Northern Queen was on the route. Notwithstanding the great carrying capacity of the Africa she was unable to take all the freight offered. The volume of trade coming this way over the T. G. & B. R. is constantly increasing, and on the night of Thursday last the late trains had no less than five passenger coaches fully loaded, mostly for the steamer's Campana and Africa.

COLLINGWOOD AND THE STR. PICTON - A Collingwood despatch to the Oswego Palladium says; "There is a general feeling of joy here over the loss of the Picton, for many who had some knowledge, of her are of opinion that in coming to Lake Huron she would, only serve as a coffin to those who would trust their lives on her deck"

Owen Sounders will rapidly see what is the cause of "the general feeling of joy" at the "little port at the bottom of Georgian bay" If the Picton had been coming to Georgian Bay as an addition to the line trading from Collingwood we fancy there would have been no such despatch sent. We think the more manly way of getting such despatches into the Toronto papers would be to send them direct to the offices of these papers. The feeling of jealousy in Collingwood is so intense at the prospect of their trade leaving them that the same feeling of joy would be felt in that burg if the best vessel ever built were lost provided she was intended to sail on the new route to the Sault direct from Owen Sound. It becomes the people of Collingwood to speak of the Picton while they have such traps as the Emerald in their line. It is time for the public to take alarm when officers of the said boat leave her and give as their reason that she is unseaworthy. The large trade being done by the Africa from this port and the action of merchants all along the route to the Sault in having all their goods shipped via Owen Sound we think may have something to do with this "FEELING' in Collingwood. The feeling in Owen Sound is that the time has come when the trade of this port shall be done by vessels trading directly from here, ...


More Bodies Found

The tug Ann Long, Captain Noble, arrived here on Sunday night bringing with her the bodies of six additional victims of the foundering of the steamer Asia. They were as follows; Mr. John McDougal, Purser; F. Sparks, Ottawa; Jackson, supposed to be a farmer from Listowell; Mrs. Kirk, of Clover Hill; Sheppard, and one unknown, supposed to be Silas Bernard. As soon as the telegraph office was open friends of the deceased were notified and all of them have now been disposed of and either buried here or sent to their friends for interment. Two unknown men were buried at Killarney before the tug left there. Five of the bodies were recovered by the steamer Africa and three by the barge Enterprise, whence they were sent from Killarney. The bodies were recovered near Lonely Island, and a number of others were seen floating. The tug Kendrick was sent out from here by Mr. Kough, one of the members of the Company, to try and pick up the rest of the bodies.


This Wednesday morning the steamer Africa arrived down, having on board the body of Wm. Henry, of Toronto, found in Wekwimikong Bay by an Indian. Mr Abrey, of Manitowaning, accompanied the body, and proceeded to Toronto with it by the morning train. The body of Mr. Duncan's son was also found and buried at Manitowaning.

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Advertiser (Owen Sound, ON), October 5, 1882