Manuscripts/Mixed Material Notes by Alexander Graham Bell, December 4, 1907
1907, Dec. 4
(Dictated by A. G. B. to D. McC. Copied from Home Notes by M. B. McC. p. 194).
Monday Dec. 2. A gale blowing, wind too strong to risk the “Cygnet” in.
Tuesday Dec. 3. A good strong steady wind from W.S.W. First experiment with the “Cygnet”.
The Blue Hill and the “Ugly Duckling” both anchored at their mooring places on the bay.
I was rather under some apprehension that the “Gauldrie” would have experienced difficulty in towing the “Ugly Duckling” with the “Cygnet” on board to her mooring place, but it seems that she had none.
Lieut. Selfridge went on board the “Ugly Duckling”, Douglas McCurdy on board the “Gauldrie”, and Mr. Baldwin and I accompanied by Mrs. Bell and Miss Mabel McCurdy went on board the “Blue Hill”. The “Gauldrie” picked up Mrs. Kennan. Other witnesses of the experiments in addition t? the crew of the “Blue Hill” and the Laboratory staff were: — Mr. McInnis, Mr. Byrnes, Mr. McNeil and John McNeil. Laboratory staff present so far as I can remember: — Bedwin, Inghram, Stewart, Watson, Ruderham, McKillop, McFarland, McAuly, Wilson McKay and McDonald. Blue Hill people: — Captain McRae, John Hannam, George Reed, Angus Morrison and the engineer Mr. Bleasdale.
The Blue Hill towed the “Ugly Duckling”out into the Little Bras d'or Lake beyond the “Point” and then turned round against the wind heading for Kidston's Island.
When the tilting frame on the “Ugly Duckling” was lifted the “Cygnet” rose at once into the air and remained poised