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Unidentified group of pleasure seekers on board the steamboat Carmona, Mackinac Island, Michigan


Description
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Photographs
Description:
A glossy print mounted on board showing a large, happy group of holiday makers on board and standing on the dock in front of the steamboat Carmona.
Notes:
From the inscription on the back the location of the ship would appear to be taken at Mackinac Island, a terminus for pleasure trips on the Great Lakes.
The Carmona, formerly called the Manitoba, was a double-decked sidewheel steamboat built at Thorold, Ontario in 1871. Initially she was part of the Beatty Line which ran between Sarnia and the Upper Lakes. In 1875 the Manitoba accidently rammed another ship, the Comet which sank in Whitefish Bay, losing ten lives. Perhaps it was due to this unfortunate accident that the name changed to the Carmona. Her next career was with a local ship line from Owen Sound to Sault Ste. Marie in conjunction with the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Carmona was a passenger steamer noted for it's speed and was involved in friendly but competitive races with other ships during her career. Her last race took place in the summer of 1889 when when she took on the Baltic on a return trip to Collingwood. During the race the ships bumped several times causing the hundreds of passengers aboard both vessels considerable concern. Controversy over the safety of the passengers and resulting rivalry between fans of the two shipping lines involved, one based in Owen Sound and the other in Collingwood, caused the editor of the Owen Sound Advertiser to call for a halt to steamboat racing. The Carmona was sold in 1891 and finished it's career in Toronto.
Canadian steamboats filled with pleasure seekers were frequent visitors to Mackinac Island, Michigan. The map shows the approximate location of Foley's Art Gallery which was situated opposite the dock until it burned in 1895.
Inscriptions:
On the reverse is the printing: FROM FOLEY'S ART GALLERY, NATIONAL PARK, Mackinac Island, Mich.
Date Of Event:
ca. 1878 - 1885
Dimensions:
Width: 25.3 cm
Height: 20.2 cm
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 21.7cm
Image Height: 16.2cm
Local identifier:
32104033413917
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
Creative Commons licence:
by [more details]
Copyright Statement:
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation:
Ivey Family London Room, London Public Library, London, Ontario, Canada
Reproduction Notes:
London Room Photograph Archives - PG E77
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Unidentified group of pleasure seekers on board the steamboat Carmona, Mackinac Island, Michigan


A glossy print mounted on board showing a large, happy group of holiday makers on board and standing on the dock in front of the steamboat Carmona.