The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Packet (Orillia, ON), December 5, 1879

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Referring to the Waubunothe three tugs which went out to look for the wreck returned on Wednesday night. They found parts of the upper works of the missing steamer, and large quantities of freight but found no signs of any of the passengers having escaped.

Capt... of the Mary Ann gives it as his settled conviction that the steamer foundered not far from Lone Rock. It was there she would encounter the severest weather, and she would necessarily have to run broadside to the waves. He thinks the force of the waves under her guards parted her, and she filled with water. Capt. Campbell of the Northern Queen thinks she struck one of the rocks belonging to the group known as the Western Isles, and sank.

The particular mode of her destruction will probably remain a mystery for ever. She had a heavy load, and the storm she met beyond the Christian Islands was simply terrific. The Captain of the Magnettawan, who left this port on Saturday morning for the same destination states that the storm came up very suddenly, and that it would be scarcely possible for any steamer to brave. The Magnettawan was forced to take shelter under the Christian Islands until the storm had moderated. Probably the Waubuno had reached the open water before it reached its height, and found it impossible to turn back.

Long Bros of Collingwood it is reported, will lose heavily by the wrecking of the Waubuno as the greater part of the cargo belongs to them. The freight lost was principally provisions for the shanties along the north shore.


The propeller Maganettawan arrived at Waubaushene on Sunday noon from parry Sound having had to run through three inches of ice for six miles. She goes to winter quarters here.

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Packet (Orillia, ON), December 5, 1879