The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 13, 1849

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Seizure of an American Steamer by the Canadian Authorities.

The Detroit Com. Bulletin of the 11th inst. says the steamboat Franklin plying between Detroit and Sault Ste. Marie, was seized that day on the other side of the river by the Canadian authorities for a violation of the revenue law. The complaint was that the Franklin had been in the habit of landing at Round Island, supplies for persons residing on islands acknowledged to belong to Canada, in the vicinity of the mouth of the St. Mary River. Round Island has always been known in that country at least, as belonging to the United States, and for years it has been the practice of boats carrying up supplies for Canadians in that Section to land them at Round Island, undoubtedly for the purpose of avoiding duties. And from which place the inhabitants of the islands acknowledged as Canadian would take them. Round Island in the Straits of St. Mary, is certainly, we think, American soil, and where the Franklin has, of course, an undoubted right to land American goods, and if thence they are carried into British territory, our neighbors must look to their own subjects. The boat was properly bonded by Col. McNight, the owner, and proceeded on her way to the Sault.

Mail Contract - We learn that Donald Bethune, Esq., has obtained the contract for carrying the Mails, by Steamboat, the whole way between Montreal and Hamilton, commencing next season. [Globe]

The Globe, we are informed, is in error. The Contract for carrying the Mails on the river, is, as heretofore, with the Hon. John Hamilton, and coveres a period of 4 years to come.

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Rick Neilson
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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 13, 1849