Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wawinet (Propeller), sunk, 21 Sep 1942
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The loss of the yacht WAWINET was one of the most tragic accidents ever to have occurred on Georgian Bay. Built in 1904, and owned by Bertrand Corbeau of Penetanguishene, who purchased her in 1938, the 87 foot vessel seems to have been somewhat "tender" although her stability remained unquestioned until the evening of September 21, 1942. On that day the WAWINET was returning to Penetang from Honey Harbour, with Corbeau and a group of fellow employees of the Midland Foundry & Machine Company on board. When the vessel made a sudden turn, she heeled over until the lower windows, unfortunately open, were underwater. Whitin two minutes the WAWINET filled and sank. Of the forty-two passengers and crew, twenty-five were drowned, including Corbeau. Most of the survivors had to swim to nearby Beausoleil Island.
      A Divers Guide to Georgian Bay
      by Art Amos & Patrick Folkes

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 25
Remarks: Total Loss
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William R. McNeil
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Wawinet (Propeller), sunk, 21 Sep 1942