The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Jan. 13, 1881

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Another Rotten Steamer.

At Toronto, Mrs. Emma Fisher has sued the Georgian Bay Navigation Company for $20,000 damages for the loss of her husband, B.N. Fisher, on the steamer Waubano, which was totally lost, with 22 lives, on Georgian Bay Nov. 22, 1879.

Some most damaging evidence has already been given against the defendants. Geo. Klock, ship carpenter, testified that in 1872, 1874 and 1877 the Waubano came in with her bulwarks, stanchions and rail carried away. The timbers he found to be rotten, and in 1877 the braces were gone and the guards had dropped down.

He called the attention of Capt. Burkitt to the state of the timber, telling him it would be impossible to make a job of it, b ut was told to do the best he could. As she left Collingwood on Saturdays it was impossible to finish repairs in one day, and she consequently often had to put to sea before they were completed.

It was also testified that the gallows frame of the engine was loose. David , who wheeled on the vessel her last previous round trip, testified that her timbers were rotten, as discovered by boring the decks. He once heard the engineer refuse to go on her because her machinery would not stand the strain of heavy weather.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Jan. 13, 1881