Manuscripts/Mixed Material Notes by Alexander Graham Bell, December 9, 1907
1907, Dec. 9
(Dictated by A. G. B. to M. B. McC. Copied from Home Notes p. 13 by M. B. McC.).
It has been my experience in the past that the most important experiments leave few records behind them whereas the records of unimportant experiments bristle with details.
Unless I attempt now to give some details concerning the second (and last) flight of the “Cygnet” I am afraid I will never do so. Events crowd themselves upon me and in a short time the details will be blurred. Recollection distorts the facts of the past and is not to be implicitly trusted. It is now or never therefore with the “Cygnet” experiment and I must make an attempt while details are fresh in my mind although I am not in the humor for it.
Friday Dec. 6, 1907 is a day ever to be remembered. The “Cygnet” was placed on board the “Ugly Duckling” and towed by the “Gauldrie” down Beinn Bhreagh harbor, out into Baddeck Bay. The steamer Blue Hill was anchored at her usual mooring place and the tow line of the “Ugly Duckling” was made fast. The “Gauldrie” then returned to the Laboratory for our party. Lieut. Selfridge was on the “Ugly Duckling”, Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Douglas McCurdy were on the steamer Blue Hill, and I remained in the “Gauldrie”. Mrs. Bell, Miss Georgina McCurdy, Miss Caroline McCurdy and Miss Mabel McCurdy were transferred to the steamer Blue Hill. I almost forgot to mention that witness who will probably live longest after the event (and remember least about it)— my little grand-daughter Miss Mabel Grosvenor 2 years of age or a little older— accompanied by her nurse Miss Christina