Don’t Be Scared Ladies –Steamers on the Mississippi



The Carleton – Photo– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


The local steamer called the Carleton that brought folks up and down the Mississippi River and around Mississippi Lake. Lackie MCCallum was the wheelsman on the old sidewinder and one trip some recalled was  during a trip on the lake in very windy weather.

The craft did some rolling at some point and a few passengers became panicky. Immediately someone yelled,

“Don’t be scared ladies- Lackie’s at the helm!”

Tim Flangan was the engineer, and it was said that his side whiskers alone would keep the steamer afloat if anything happened.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Tue, Sep 15, 1896 – Page 6

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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