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Title: R. Wilson, Toronto, to Captain R. H. Davis, Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWilson, Robert (1)/17
SenderWilson, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
RecipientCaptain R.H. Davis
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2015/3/2: Presented by C. L. Davis, Esq., 59 Maryville Park, Malone Road, Belfast 9
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9708030
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 05:08:97.
Word Count405
TranscriptRobert Wilson
22 Castlefield Avenue
January 17. 37 [1937?]

Dear Capt Davis
I am enclosing two chapters
from "Schooner Days," a serial which
appears in every Saturday's Toronto "Evening
Telegram"; while reading them I thought it
might interest you to learn somewhat of
the weather conditions encountered in the
late sailings in the Fall on our Great Lakes -
Superior, Huron, Ontario &c - Mr Snider
who writes these stories is a Toronto boy,
Assistant Editor of the Telegram, he is an
enthusiastic sailor and a great yachtsman,
and attends all the big regettas and the
"America Cup" Races on this side and is
often over at the R.U.Y.C and other
big regettas on your side. As you will
see he made the final trip on the
S.S. "Assinobia," one of the CPR boats which
runs from Port McNicoll on Lake
Ontario, to Fort William (or the Head of
the Lakes as it called) on Lake Superior
with Capt McCannel who was
making his last trip prior to his
retiring from the service on pension;
these boats carry passengers and
general cargo and like all the CPR
boats are very popular.
The pictures will give you
some idea of the weather to be
encountered on these late trips; as you
know all the harbours on the Lakes
are frozen in the winter, and navigation
officially closes with the lapse of
insurance about the 14th November,
but many captains take chances and
carry on until the freeze up, and
weather conditions are often bad or
I hope this finds you in
good health and quite rested after
the holiday season: although a little
late I wish you a very happy and
prosperous New Year. How I would
like to drop in and have a chat
with you about the good old days
of sail. I am counting on being
able to repeat my trip of 1935
sometime in the not too far distant
future; every day happy memories
of my visit recur to me, and it is
hard to resist the temptation to chuk [chuck?]
up work and run over to visit
the haunts of my childhood days
once again.
Hoping you will find
the enclosed as interesting reading
as I found and enjoyed your
very interesting stories of the good
old days of sail.
Yours very truly
R. Wilson
P.S. I also enclose last
Saturdays chapter by which you
will see that Snider is some-
what of a historian also.
R.W. [Robert Wilson?]
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