The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Enterprise (Collingwood, ON), December 5, 1882

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THE LOST ASIA - A considerable quantity of wreckage from the ill-fated Asia has been brought into town from the north shore, and is now in the hands of the Mayor. It consists of life preservers, broken pieces of furniture, some horse collars, and a number of photographs, probably those of some of the passengers of crew. A melancholy interest attaches to these relics from the unfortunate steamer, and they have been examined by a great number of our citizens. They will doubtless be removed by the officials conducting the investigation to be held in Collingwood. The photographs if of some of the lost - would be treasured by those unhappy ones who have lost relatives by the disaster - Penetang Herald

MEMORIAL SERVICE - A large crowd assembled at the Methodist Church on Sunday evening to hear the memorial sermon preached by the Rev. J. G. Laird, on the late Asia disaster. Every seat was occupied, the benches had to be brought in from the Sunday School room The church was draped in mourning and the members of the choir dressed in mourning also. The service was of a very affecting character throughout and the deeply sympathetic sermon of the pastor with its touching references to the late Mr. McDougall and Mrs Christie, moved many to tears... Miss Morrison attended the Presbyterian church in the morning.

RETRACT - Says the Meaford Mirror The Emerald's certificate which allowed her to carry passengers has been suspended for the season. She belongs to the Great Northern Transit Company. Now then young man, your retraction is in order, as well as that of the other newspapers who have made the same announcement. On Saturday the Emerald was visited by the Inspectors Risley, Coker, and Meneilly. And Capt. Scott. These gentlemen made a thorough examination of the boat, and the result was the following signed by C. R. Coker, Inspector of Hulls, and W. J. Meneilly, Inspector of Machinery: "We have inspected the hull and machinery of the steamer Emerald and her life-saving and other equipments, and are satisfied that she is in a seaworthy and safe condition for her present route on Georgian Bay, provided she is properly loaded.

MISTAKEN - In the notice of the accident to the Northern Belle sent to the Toronto papers, the assistance rendered by the Africa is never mentioned, such being the absurd jealousy of the Collingwood people. Although belonging to a rival line Capt. Patterson put himself to a good deal of trouble to render all the assistance in his power - Owen Sound Times. Our contemporary is absurdly mistaken in attributing to jealously the fact that the assistance of the Africa was not credited. The people of Collingwood received the first intelligence of the accident from the Francis Smith and no mention of the Africa was made by those who brought the news. Indeed the paragraph in the Times was the first intimation received that the Africa had rendered any assistance to the Northern Belle.

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Bill Hester
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Enterprise (Collingwood, ON), December 5, 1882