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The year was 1879, the month was November 21. The side wheel steamer Waubuno was anchored at the Collingwood dock loaded down with cargo and package freight which was to be delivered up the Bay to Parry Sound Ontario. Captain Burkett was desperately looking for signs that the storm would become less threatening. The navigation was rapidly coming to an end because soon the ice would prevent the ships from going anywhere until next spring. All the communities along Georgian Bay were in a panic to collect and assemble their supplies to help them get through the long hard and very cold winter that was facing them in the months to come. The docks at Collingwood were piled with supplies. Waubuno was packed to the maximum. Captain Burkett was forced to take two tons of barrelled whiskey on the Waubuno's upper deck even though he strongly expressed disapproval. The Captain finished loading the ship and he decided to leave the dock in the middle of the night in the storm. Perhaps he was hoping that the storm would subside by morning and he could get an early head-start. The Christian Lighthouse keeper spotted the vessel two hours later and his log book read that she was riding well with her full cargo, even with a stiff wind coming from the noth-east. Two days later the Waubuno had still not arrived in Parry Sound.