The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 12, 1850

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p.2 Important Seizures! - Forty Vessels Tied Up - The Chicago Journal of the 1st inst. gives the following account of numerous seizures of vessels engaged in the lumber trade on the upper lakes. The Journal says: The Government for the past few days, have done a "land office business" in this region. Forty-six vessels engaged in the lumber trade between Milwaukee, Chicago and other points upon this, and the other side of the Lake, have been seized by the U.S. officers, most of which have been bonded. The officers are now here awaiting the arrival of the balance of the fleet. It is supposed the vessels engaged simply in the carrying trade will be released, but such as are owned by the proprietors of mills located or supplied from land belonging to the Government, will be forfeited to it. Two thousand of the saw logs seized a short time since at Grand River were sold last week at auction, bringing on an average 1s. each. This sum nets the government an amount equal to the price for which the land can be entered. The most efficient steps have been taken to protect the public lands from depredations of this nature, and we think with a very fair prospect of success.

The Opposition on the Bay, it appears, still continues; but we are happy to learn that Capt. Gildersleeve has given particular instructions to the Captains and Engineers of his boats, not to race or to carry more than the ordinary pressure of steam.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 12, 1850