Manuscripts/Mixed Material Notes by Alexander Graham Bell, December 9, 1907
procession proceeded out into the Little Bras d'or Lake beyond the “Point” so as to get good wind. There had been a powerful wind all the morning gradually changing from West to N.W. but at two o'clock, about the time when the Blue Hill started, the wind had fallen considerably and white-caps had disappeared from Baddeck Bay. It seemed doubtful therefore at first whether we could venture the attempt to raise the “Cygnet” with a man in her, On rounding the “Point”, however, we found white-caps on the Lake and wind enough to warrant the experiment — a N.W. wind, I think, and evidently dimminishing gradually in force; it was indeed the dying out wind of a cyclone that had passed over or near Cape Bre-Breton Island.
The Blue Hill steamed well out into the Lake and turned to face the wind — the critical moment had come. The wind was not sufficiently strong to give complete warrant of success so that I feared that the “Cygnet”, if she failed to rise, would be tumbled over into the waters of the Lake. John McLean and John McDermid, therefore, took their positions in the row-boat so as to be all ready for an emergency and Mr. Byrnes sat in the stern of the row-boat with a life preserver ready to throw it to Lieut. Selfridge should he need help, and John McNeil, on the “Gauldrie”, stood ready to cast off the row-boat at a moments notice. I came to the conclusion that we had made a mistake in attempting to tow a boat to the scene, for the row-boat, especially when loaded with men, cut down the speed of the “Gauldrie” so that we could not keep up with the Blue Hill and fell somewhat astern.