The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), October 31, 1878

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THE Collingwood Bulletin publishes the following item, copied from an American paper "The underwriters have concluded not to send an expedition to the schooner Mary McVea wrecked on Manitoulin Island. The principal reason for this conclusion is that there are no Canadian tugs in the vicinity to work on the schooner. And that American boats would not be permitted by the Cannck authorities to wreck in their waters. Captain Edward Mullins, who is still on the scene, has instructed to do what he can for the interest of all concerned in the matter of saving the outfit of the unfortunate craft, and then return to Chicago as early a day as possible. From this it would appear that if the McVea is not already a total wreck she soon will be, thanks to the Canadian authorities" The truth of the matter is as shown by a correspondent of the Mail, that there were Canadian tugs at Windsor, Collingwood, and Sarnia, all available but none called on to go to the assistance of the wrecked vessel. It is a fact that the Canadian Government will not allow Yankee tugs to do wrecking in Canadian waters, just as the United States Government refuses to allow Canadian tugs to do wrecking in American waters. This being the case our neighbours have decided to let the wrecked McVea go to pieces rather than give a job to a Canadian tug. They can do so if they like it but it does not follow that they need to misrepresent the state of affairs .

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), October 31, 1878