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Georgian Bay, ON Launch WA-WI-NET Sinking, Sep 1942

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25 PICNICKERS DROWN IN BAY AS LAUNCH SINKS.

Midland, Ont., Sept. 22. -- (AP) -- A picnic to celebrate the completion of a war contract at the Midland Foundry & Machine Co. came to an abrupt and tragic ending in Georgian Bay last night when the party's 75-foot twin-engined motor launch Wa-Wi-Net, suddenly listed, righted itself and sank, drowning probably 25 of the 42 men aboard.
Among the missing was BERT CORBEAU, foundry superintendent and former National League Hockey star, who owned the launch and was believed to have been at the wheel when the unexplained accident happened. ELMER SHAW of Midland, formerly of Toronto, president of the company, was saved.
The death toll originally was reported as 26, but in mid afternoon STEWART CHEETHAM of Midland, another widely known hockey player who in recent years was with the Atlantic City Seagulls, was found alive on Beausoleil Island, about eight miles from here.
Three other men, at first believed to be alive on the island, later were found dead on the shore.

Titusville Herald Pennsylvania 1942-09-23

Listing of casualties:
From Penetanguishene:
AIME LALUMIERE.
BERT CORBEAU.
JACK MAGNUS.
ARTHUR LEGAULT.
GEORGE TODD.
MITCH MARACLE.
NORMAN ROBERTS.
JACK McLAUGHLIN.
BERT MASON.
ARTHUR BINGHAM.
From Midland:
F. 'BUDDY' BELL.
BERT McQUAY.
RICHARD CORNELIUS.
WILLIAM CLARK.
LLOYD STRONG.
RUDY ELLERY.
ELGIN SCOTT.
HARRY GILLESPIE.
TED CONTOIS.
ALVIN BOURDON.
From Port McNicholl:
MOISE ST. DENIS.
JOE STARUCK.
From Wyebridge:
GORDON EAKLEY.
From Toronto:
ALBERT A. DIX.
J. N. BICKNELL.
The Survivors:
CHARLES RANKIN.
JOSEPH PARKER.
AL MILLER.
MORT GARRETT.
ORVILLE McCLUNG.
HARRY LAVIGNE.
STANLEY LECLAIR.
ALBERT PERRAULT.
BASIL SOMERS.
HENRY DESCHAMPS.
KENNETH LOWER.
ROBERT SHAUBEL.
ERNIE ROBBINS.
THOMAS DAVIDSON.
LAURIE GOUTTE.
ELMER SHAW.
STEWART CHEETAM.

Comments

sinking of the wawinet 1942, georgian bay

it was not a norman roberts who died, it was a 19yr old penetanguishene boy, norman ROBBINS who died..along with his brother-in-law gordon eakley and his brother-in-law charlie rankin swam to shore...i should know the truth as it is my husbands brother and family we speak of here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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