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North Star (Parry Sound, ON), November 28, 1879

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Wreck of Str. Waubuno on Georgian Bay

24 Persons Missing
The Proprietor of the North Star on Board

The Georgian Bay Transportation Co's Steamer Waubuno left Collingwood at 4 a.m. on Saturday morning last for Parry Sound. At ten a.m. the Steamer Magnettawan also left for this place and arrived here at noon on Monday, having laid up at the Christian Islands till the weather grew lass furious. She reported having seen nothing of the Waubuno. Accordingly the tug Mittie Grew was dispatched inn search of her, and returned the same night, reporting that they could find no trace of the crew, but picked up several articles that they knew belonged to the missing vessel, consisting of a metallic life boat turned bottom up and stove in at both ends, a life-preserver with the ships name on it, several articles of furniture out of the cabin, the ships ledger, and a part of the paddle box with the letters W.A. on it. Barrels of apples, flour and different articles of freight were distributed along the shore in abundance.

Tuesday morning the tug Mittie Crew again sailed for the scene of the wreck, which is supposed to be Moose Point, and there she met the wrecking tug Mary Ann sent out from Collingwood, also the tug Rescue belonging to the contractors of the Georgian Bay Branch of the Canada Pacific Railway. She had left Collingwood for French River on Friday, but had laid up at Penetanguishene for shelter. All three scoured the east shore, but notwithstanding their efforts to discover some clue to the persons who were missing by visiting all the neighbouring islands, they had to leave with some of the freight, which the Indians had collected, and from whom they took it away. The tug Mittie Grew took a scow out with her and hands were hired by different owners to pick up what freight they could, for whom the tug will return. Mr. Starkey also went with the searching party and provided himself with his yacht and a small skiff with which he intended to visit all the points where the crew or passengers would be likely to drift to. It is to be hoped his efforts will be rewarded with success. The following is a list of the crew and passengers as far as we can ascertain at present: Crew J. Burkett, Captain; S. Ford, Mate; J. Rowland, Purser; J. McQuade, Engineer; Patrick O'Grady and Robert Cook, Firemen; McMurchy and James Harris, Wheelsmen; Miss Hiot, Lady's Maid; George Bass, Stewaet; Banks Wylie, Porter; J.Hall, Cook; J. Wingrove and Jamieson, Deck Hands. Passengers: Mr. B. Noel Fisher, Editor and proprietor of this paper; Dr. Doupe and wife, of Mitchell, going to settle in McKellar, and had only been married three weeks; Mr. Sylvester and wife; a man named Griffin, from Gananoque, and three others unknown, supposed to be father and two sons, farmers.

All the crew lived in Collingwood, and great anxiety is felt by the relatives and friends of the missing ones. Five of them were married men with families, viz; the Captain, McQuade, McMurchy, Harris and hall. Mr. McQuade is very much respected in this part of the country, being engineer on the Waubuno for seven years. He had two sons on the Magnettawan one engineer and the other a deck-hand.

The value of the vessel is estimated at $14, 000 and she is not insured. The cargo consisted of general goods and is valued roughly at $10, 000. There are a great many different opinions afloat as regards to how the Waubuno was wrecked whether she had struck on some sunken rock near the mouth of the channel, or whether she foundered in rough sea outside.

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Bill Hester
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North Star (Parry Sound, ON), November 28, 1879