The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Advertiser (Owen Sound, ON), May 29, 1870

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The Champion leaves for Parry Sound in the morning taking the passengers who have been waiting here since Friday for the return of the Waubuno.

The Frances Smith did not get away from here till 2 o'clock this morning when the fog had cleared of sufficiently to permit her to leave.

Mr. Smith was unable to complete the negotiations for the purchase of the barge Clifton in time to load up the vessel to be towed to the Sault by the Chicora or the Frances Smith. The Clifton has gone to Buffalo with a cargo for her owners and on her return, it is expected that she will be placed at the disposal of the Government.

The Waubuno has not yet returned, and the consequence is that the mails for Parry Sound have been lying here for more than a week. But this is but a small evil compared with the inconvenience resulting to emigrants for the free grant districts by this irregularity. It was advertised last week that the Waubuno would leave here for Parry Sound early on last Saturday morning, and some thirty emigrants have been waiting here since Friday night for her return. The majority of those people are too poor to pay for lodgings, and they have been obliged to lay without shelter on the wharves, running to the town occasionally to purchase provisions and necessaries of life. During the bustle and excitement of the last few days they have been overlooked; but now that the town has relapsed into its usual quiet state, the misery and wretchedness of these unfortunates is painful to witness. On this quiet Sabbath morning they are lying huddled together... the sunny side of the freight, shed trying to catch a little warmth from the sun, their lips blue from hunger and the cold wind that comes from the bay even in the warmest weather. They have heard that the vessel is chartered by Government to leave here with a cargo for Sault Ste Marie to-morrow, and they dread that they may be obliged to remain here some days longer...

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Bill Hester
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Advertiser (Owen Sound, ON), May 29, 1870