The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 10, 1852

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p.2 Freights Between Cape Vincent and Kingston - rate of 5 cents per c.w.t. adopted for future.

Emigrants - It is somewhat singular that the first steamers through from Montreal to Kingston this season were crowded with emigrants from the old world. The Highlander, Capt. Stearns, came in on Saturday about 10 o'clock, from Montreal, and the Mayflower, Capt. Patterson, from the same port a couple of hours afterwards, each steamer with a large number of emigrants, westward bound.

Outbreak on Board the Steamer Globe

The Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer, of Saturday, contains the particulars of a riot which took place on board the steamer Globe, while she lay in the ice, after she had left Silver Creek harbor. There were about 800 Germans, 200 Irishmen, and 100 Americans on board of her, and as they lay in Silver Creek for some time they ran somewhat short of provisions. The emigrants, or deck passengers, of course provisioned themselves. On the 28th ult., she made her way out to the Columbia, which was frozen in the ice a couple of miles out, and took the crew and passengers of that craft on board, but could pursue her way no further. About noon of that day, 3 of the passengers entered the cabin where the captain was sitting, and commenced gesticulating violently in some foreign tongue. The captain immediately communicated to the cabin passengers his belief that the riot had come to a head, and that no time was to be lost. They had hardly armed themselves when a large crowd marched up the companion way, and commenced breaking in the cabin windows. All those of the cabin passengers who could find any available weapon rushed on deck, and drove the rioters, who were fortunately unarmed, below deck after stabbing several of them, knocking some down, or cutting them with the empty cider bottles, with which some of the passengers were armed. None of the Americans were materially injured, and only one of the besieging party, who was stabbed in the side, and who it was thought would recover. The riot threatened to break out again, but a close watch was kept, which prevented any more demonstrations.

It all arose because the foreigners thought the cabin passengers were too well fed while they were fasting.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 10, 1852