This article was originally submitted by Isabel Howke to the 1990 Bruce County Historical Society Yearbook and adapted by Bob Johnston.
June 1, 1870, a group of eight young “ladies and gents” gathered in Southampton before embarking on a four-day adventure along the Lake Huron coast in a small sailboat.
From Mr. Potts’ written account I cannot discern if they were all singles or related, making this tale, given the Victorian era, even more intriguing. Can any reader of this tale provide us more information? Their story concludes:
June 3: After supper, we indulged in athletic sport, throwing the shoulder stone and jumping. Target practice with the revolver was next, with the ladies making some very good shots.
Some then danced while others went down to the beach where Miss Munn sang “What Are the Wild Waves Saying?” Her beautiful voice carried far over the waters.
After hearing a ghost story by Mr. Munn, we all turned in to seek the rest, which is essential to our health.