The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Bulletin (Collingwood, ON), September 28, 1881

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SHIPPING ACCIDENT - The Francis Smith came into harbour on Sunday afternoon in a very leaky-condition, owing to her running upon a snag or sunken spar when going up the Sault Ste. Marie. Great caution was observed during the remainder of he voyage for fear of more serious consequences, and she will now probably go into dry dock at Owen Sound for repairs.

THE REGINA - the Owen Sound Tribune says - Mr. Wm. Foster has, during the past week, been up at the wreck of the vessel, in hopes of being able to raise her, but this he has been unable to do. He returned on Monday night bringing with him the clock and several articles which were found floating . The body of Captain Tripp has not been found. A suspicion is being very wildly entertained and from certain facts we would judge not without cause, that the surviving sailors abandoned the vessel before she sank, leaving the captain to his fate. It is hard indeed to believe that sailors would be guilty of so inhuman an action, yet circumstances make it to any the least, very suspicious. The mate said that after the vessel once commenced to fill she went down instantly, about eleven o'clock. The clock which was afterwards picked up, had stopped at one o'clock, and this would lead to the conclusion that it was at that time when the boat went under, more particularly as it started again upon being freed of water When our reporter asked the mate if the captain did not shout to them when they were leaving, he warned him particularly to say nothing about that. In fact his story appeared to be studied one from beginning to end, but not without flaws. It has been proven that the wind was not in the direction he stated when the vessel went down.

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Bill Hester
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Bulletin (Collingwood, ON), September 28, 1881