The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Advertiser (Owen Sound, ON), October 12, 1882

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THE LOST ASIA - In the Globe's Ottawa correspondence published in Monday's issue, Capt. Scott is credited with the following remarks among others.

"Inspectors of vessels have really very little power. While at Collingwood Capt. Scott saw 150 persons embark for the north shore on the Africa, a vessel licensed to carry only forty passengers. The Inspector was powerless to prevent the vessel leaving and the passengers, though warned of the danger, were so anxious to reach their destination that they were prepared to run any amount of risk. The Buffalo vessels appeared to be more strongly built than those owned on the Canadian side. Lake vessels, like ocean vessels, require to carry their loads below deck for safety. Capt. Scott leaves for home on Monday morning.

The steamer here alluded to does not sail from Collingwood, nor does she call at that port, so that the public will at once see, the absurdity of the statement. If Capt. Scott saw her sail he must be gifted with a wonderful pair of optics to enable him while at Collingwood to see a steamer leave the wharves at Owen Sound, a distance of fifty miles; and besides his eyes must be constructed after the manner of Paddy's Gun, so that they could see around the corner. We can plainly see that the whole of this fuss about the Africa has its origin at Collingwood, and among a very few there, a number that we could count on our finger ends. Certain interested parties at Collingwood are doing all in their power to injure the Africa and we understand have gone so far as to lay an information against her with the Government. We understand the Africa has never carried any more passengers than she is entitled to carry safely, and although she carries more freight than the two boats of the Great Northern Transit Company combined she is never overloaded. Can the same be said of the little boats of the Collingwood line? Although these boats continually leave here overloaded and with more than their legal of quota passengers no one ever thinks of interfering, with them. The same old spirit has again manifested itself as was shown when some of our citizens purchased the America to run on the Sault route in opposition to the Collingwood line. It will doubtless be remembered that at that time the proprietors of the then O. B. T. Company attempted to have that steamer tied up at Collingwood when she visited that beautiful spot with a large excursion party from this town. When the Manitoulin was built to take the place of the America it was found that no favourable arrangements could be made with the Toronto, Grey & Bruce to enable the new line to succeed, and the two lines were amalgamated, the new Company being called the Great Northern Transit Company ...

THE Neff Mystic and dredge were the only craft in the river on Sunday.

THE Campana called on her way to Duluth on Tuesday evening

The Northern Belle arrived from Sarnia on Thursday evening last with one hundred and twenty barrels of petroleum for Parker & Co. and a lot of bent stuff for W. Kough..

FORTY-FIVE men for Algoma Mills arrived by train from Toronto on Thursday evening last, and left by the Africa for their destination.

MR. W. MASON leaves on the Africa this evening to attend the Division Court on the Manitoulin Island...

THE schooner Lady Macdonald had the misfortune to break her centre -board, and was towed in here by the tug Norcross for repairs.

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Bill Hester
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Advertiser (Owen Sound, ON), October 12, 1882