The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Times (Orillia, ON), June 10, 1880

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A number of men put out from Midland last week to view the wreck of the Waubuno. They returned on Monday, bringing with them several pieces of plank and some sticks of cordwood, all bearing evidence of a theory as to that vessel which we have not yet seen advanced. These pieces of wood were covered with blood, and the leader of the expedition concludes from that fact that the boiler of the Waubuno had burst. The position of the wreck and appearance of the machinery tend to strengthen the supposition in the minds of those who propose this latest theory.

It is said that an investigation of the causes of this terrible disaster cannot be made until some of the bodies are recovered. The inscrutable ways of red tapeism may positively forbid the assumption that a man is drowned until his body is fished up from the bottom of the sea, notwithstanding the vessel in which he was known to have set sail was found keel up several months afterwards. Red tape may be right, but there is something most horridly barbarous in the thought that a score of precious lives have been lost and not a single attempt made to discover how then loss occurred or whether any one was to blame. Ever since the accident the air has been fled with all sorts of rumours as to the unseaworthiness of the vessel in question; suspicions of the grossest and most criminal carelessness have been freely circulated. Yet the authorities have steadily refused to move in the matter This may be all strictly regular; we do not pretend to a knowledge of the ways which govern those in authority; their conduct may be prudent and quite within their line of duty, but it is not Christian-it is not even human.

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Bill Hester
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Times (Orillia, ON), June 10, 1880