The Frances Smith: Palace Steamer of the Upper Great Lakes, 1867-1896
by Cameron, Scott L.
The Frances Smith was not only the first steamboat to be built in Owen Sound, but also the largest vessel on Georgian Bay at that time. By far the most luxurious vessel to sail the Upper Great Lakes from a Canadian port, she was known as a “palace steamer”. In the mid-to-late 19th century, the Frances Smith set the standard for speed, spacious accommodation and quality service on Georgian Bay and Lake Superior.