The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), Tues., May 28, 1895

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Account of Her and of Recent Soul-Saving Efforts
The Trip to Include a Journey Around the Entire Lakes - She Carries 20 Men - The Salvationists Often Sea Sick

The Salvation Army cruiser Blandina, of Toronto, arrived at Windsor yesterday about 9 o'clock, and made fast at a wharf just above the ferry dock. The Blandina is a gospel ship, under command of Captain N. J. Finlayson, who for the past twenty-four years has been following the great lakes. The Blandina will remain in Windsor until Wednesday, when she will move over to Detroit.

According to Captain Finlayson, the boat is worth about $2,000., is seventy-one feet over all, and has a burden of thirty-one tons. She resembles a small tug, with a high deck house running almost her complete length. The house is quite high, and is painted white. The Blandina herself is painted fiery red, and flies the blood-red flag of the Salvationists.

Her cabin is a small, bare-looking affair, containing a faded oil-cloth for a carpet, an organ, and a number of chairs. Here fifteen salvationists under Adjutant Macgilvery sing and pray, although the public meetings are never held aboard the ship, but in the hall of the Salvation Army ashore.

The members of the Salvation Army afloat are not good sailors. They are frequently sea sick. They seldom sail at night. When they do, they are glad to get in port.

The cooking is done by a member of the Salvation Army, in the small cook room aft. The engine is run by a salvationist.

The food eaten by the 20 aboard is all donated. In fact, everything aboard comes free, except the coal.

The route this time will include a complete tour of the lakes, stopping at every important point, where salvation services will be held. The Blandina left Toronto May 15. Since then the salvationists have had twenty-three converts, a large numbers being backsliders from the army and from various religious denominations. Many calls are made upon the army sailors to take aboard recruits, but this is contrary to the rules.

The Blandina steams about ten miles per hour. She had on board yesterday a party of ten women of the army, bound for Amherstburg, where she delivered them at a late hour in the afternoon. The captain said it was unusual to do this sort of service, but he wished to save the traveling land expense.

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The BLANDINA was the former wooden yacht of the same name [C#85520], built in 1883 at Bronte, Ont. by W. G. Walton. She was 67.0x12.2x4.6 and 46 register tons. Her success must have been limited, as she became the property of H. H. Booth, Toronto, in the same year as this article and was renamed WILLIAM BOOTH in June. She was reported dismantled in April, 1913.
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Tues., May 28, 1895
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), Tues., May 28, 1895