p.2 Towage A Lien Upon A Vessel - Judge Wilkins, of the U.S. District Court at Detroit, has held in the recent case of Eber Ward vs the brig Banner, that towage constitutes a lien or demand against a vessel. He says:
"The interest of the vessel is to make her voyage with convenient speed, and it is the duty of the master to resort to every means in his power to attain that object. A vessel on her upward cruise from Buffalo to Chicago, may be stranded or becalmed at the mouth of the Detroit River - or being injured by a storm, may be compelled to make for the nearest harbor to repair; - in either exigency, towage would constitute a necessary service to enable her to prosecute profitably her voyage. Such service is maritime and within the legitimate scope of the master's authority."
Disasters On Lake Erie - From Buffalo, Nov. 18th, we learn that another gale has swept over the lake, doing much injury to the shipping.
The schooner Talcott capsized about 12 miles from port. The crew were rescued by the steamer Hudson.
The brig Ruggles, bound for Cleveland, with 100 tons of merchandise and a locomotive and tender, has put back a complete wreck, having lost the locomotive overboard. There is an insurance on it in New York for $3000.
The lower lake schooner Patrick Henry has been dismasted, and the brig Caroline is ashore.
Want of Provisions on Lake Superior - The apprehensions we expressed last week from the impossibility of sending forward the large amount of supplies that have been accumulating here for several weeks past are likely to be sadly verified. The three propellers that were up the lake at the time, have not yet returned - the Independence having been out 18 days, the Manhattan 13 days, and the Napolean 9 days. It is estimated that there are at least 12,000 barrels bulk of provisions and supplies of various kinds now here, and this amount is likely to be increased before the close of the week to 18,000 bbls. And as these supplies are destined for the winter sustenance of families, miners and traders at all the different points on the Lake, it is evident the whole country will suffer for the want of them. The three propellers will only carry altogether 6000 bbls.; and if the weather continues as boisterous as it has been during the fall, they will not be likely to make more than another trip. After what was said last week on the want of a canal in this connection, no further application of this subject is necessary. If there is any justice or humanity in our next National Legislature, the people of Lake Superior will not suffer for the want of a canal between these two lakes more than two years longer. [Lake Superior Journal]