THE LAST TRIP
The sailing season on the upper Lakes is at length concluded, most of the steamers having come into port from their last trips. The fine iron steamship Campana, of the Canada Transit Line, arrived at Collingwood at noon on Saturday on her last trip this season having experienced one of the roughest trips this year. When of Whitefish Point, Lake Superior, during the gale on Thursday parties on board the monster ship described the sea as running mountains high and completely washing over the steamer but speak very highly of the craft as a sea boat and the skilful manner in which each and every officer performed his duty. The Campana has just closed her nineteenth trip, having made more than any steamer from this port for Duluth, and has not met with a single mishap. As well as a large consignment of freight she had on board upwards of 50 cabin passengers on the down trip. She left Collingwood for Owen Sound Sunday morning to go into winter quarters.
The fine large steamship Oneida of the N. E. T. Line of steamers arrived at Midland, from Chicago, Saturday afternoon with an immense cargo of corn and package freight. She came up to this docks with all colours flying stem to stern, and steaming on the placid waters of Midland harbour made a very pretty picture for a marine artist. The Oneida left Chicago on Tuesday last, called the same day at Milwankee, and left again for the way down Lake Michigan at four p.m. having a pleasant but cold sail to the Straits of Mackinac, when a dense snow storm was encountered from the eastward, but arrived at Point St. Ignace safely at midnight on Wednesday. From this point she had terrible weather across Lake Huron and the Georgian Bay but reached harbour in safety.
Another shipping season has been closed or is about closing in a characteristic manner. The storm of Thursday and Friday last raged with terrible violence on the lakes and from all hands come news of wreck and disaster. An immense amount of property has been destroyed and numbers of lives lost. The past season has been one particularly disastrous. The Manitoulin burned the Asia foundered with all hands on board, excepting two only are only the greater calamities. The lesser ones would fill columns. Twenty-five are supposed to have perished in the last storm alone. But with disaster comes experience a better and stronger class of vessel are being pressed into the service. The Campana was out in every storm of the season, and never started a bolt or lost a stick. Other vessels in the same class are being put on the upper lakes. The time of wooden schooners is past, and consequently the danger is lessening...
The Great Northern Transit Company have let the contract for building another boat to the Owen Sound Dry Dock Company. The new boat it is said will be called the Pacific. The Owen Sound Times says "The Dry Dock Company have finished the Atlantic have now taken a contract to build another propellor for the same Company and have already commenced work on her. The new boat will be 180 feet over all, and will be first class in every respect. The schooner Otonabee arrived here on Monday with a load of oak from Dresdan, which will be used in the construction of the new boat which it to be ready to sail in May next.
Recent disasters on the Georgian bay have led to the discovery of a number of new reefs dangerous to navigation which are not marked upon any of the new admiralty charts, and it has been suggested that the Minister of Marine should request the Lords of the Admirally to send out a competent surveyor to make a thorough examination of the localities in question in order that the reefs may be properly located, a suitable vessel to be furnished and all expenses defrayed by the Dominion Government.