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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 57, August 13, 1853

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Identifier: DX04082493

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 57, August 13, 1853

Description: Describes passing by islands on his journey to Sault Ste. Marie by steamboat.

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wash to the middle round, in the barbers shop. We had passed Mackinaw during the night or rather morning, perhaps about 2, and were now stretching eastwards along the north shore of Lake Huron, for Saut [Sault] St Marie, or the Soo as it is usually pronounced. And here the scenery began. An Archipelago of thirty thousand Islands. We were now steaming up a river formed by the channels betwixt them, sometimes rather narrow. The shallowness of a neighbouring but more direct channel necessitated a considerable circuit. Long shores all tree clad, almost to the waters edge, sometimes laid waste by fire. Little islands, mere rock and trees, large ones that might be taken for mainland. Nebish rapids, — a rippling current. Ticklish navigation here, rarely done but by day-light, has been, says [Frank] Noble, by moonlight. Story of an old Welsh Captain who with two sister concubines, formerly his servants lived on one of these islands. His wife alone in Quebec or Montreal. Had he Solomons wishes & children from ‘em, might have given ‘em an island each. What a world of albino plates there will be of this scenery in half a century. When fine ladies talk of these spots as familiarly as of the Rhine. A cottage, with piles of timber, and children on shore. A canoe, birch bark with Indian paddling. (not the cottage owner, though) / Introduced to Montgomery, Wards agent and man in authority. To a Genesee man, who four years back with wife and family located here, setting Indians to pick raspberries, made jam of em, or rather his women folk did, and was trying raspberry vinager. Making money, “hand over fist by it,” as twas said. Island after Island. Sugar Island, a large one. A party of surveyors in

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-08-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Transportation
Steamboats
Huron, Lake (Mich. and Ont.)
Islands
Great Lakes (North America)
Diaries
Indians of North America
Nature
Travel

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