The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), May 2, 1839

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p.3 Last Friday the Steamboat Traveller went on her usual trip to Rochester and while there was boarded first by the Collector and then by the Deputy Sheriff, with a posse of constables and W.L. Mackenzie, in order to search the boat for two prisoners said to be chained in her. Capt. Sutherland had retired to rest, being unwell, and was awakened by the Clerk, who told him that the collector had come to search the boat for two prisoners. The captain informed the collector that he had no prisoners, but he was at liberty to search. He did so, found nothing, and went his way. Shortly after the Deputy Sheriff and his men, accompanied by about thirty or forty persons armed with guns and large pistols came down with a writ of habeas corpus. The armed men remained on the wharf while the Sheriff made the search, in which Mackenzie was busy. Captain Sutherland remonstrated against the annoyance, and told the Sheriff that as he did not like the appearance of things, and had the steam up, he would shove off. The sheriffi requested him not to do so, said nothing would be done but what the law required, and that he was not armed. Capt. Sutherland also remonstrated with Mackenzie, and told him how very improbable it was that he would bring prisoners five miles into the States. Mackenzie replied that he was not the cause of the annoyance, but that information had been sworn by a passenger on the boat, that two of the Windsor men were in her on their way to a penal colony. At length they departed, having searched the boat from top to bottom in vain. No direct insult was offered to the Captain, and several persons told him that he should be protected. He was told that besides the armed men on the wharf, a number more were on and round the top of the bank, and that Mackenzie had two pairs of pistols on him. The only thing to be wondered at here is that Captain Sutherland, when he had Mackenzie on board and steam up, did not run away with him.

The Government having purchased the Traveller, she arrived here yesterday to be delivered up. [Upper Canada Herald]

The Hamilton Steamer Capt. Gaskin is intended to run daily between Kingston and Oswego during the season.

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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), May 2, 1839