The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 5, 1864

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p.2 Oswego Smugglers Detected - A Contraband Cargo From Kingston Seized -Some time since, Mr. S. Snoody, keeper of a saloon on the tow-path, in the vicinity of the first lock, in company with Mr. Wm. Tyler, purchased the swift sailing boat Mermaid, which craft, with the repairs they put upon her, such as decking over, cabin, etc., necessitated an outlay of about $300. Taking on a cargo at this port, consisting of oranges, lemons, etc., the proprietors of the Mermaid started on a cruise for Her Majesty's dominions. They visited Belleville, disposed of the cargo, and started on their return by way of Kingston. At the latter place, we understand, the return cargo was shipped, consisting of four casks of "Mortons Proof." Each cask contained from twenty-one to twenty-three gallons - making a total of eighty-five gallons. So far everything had worked smoothly with the adventurers. Mr. Snoody left the Mermaid and took passage to this port on a steamer, for the purpose, probably, of making arrangements for the expected cargo. But "the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft aglee," and so it happened with the newly fledged mariners. The Custom House officials observed the Mermaid laying off and on opposite the harbor, and having had some suspicions concerning the legitimacy of the intended cruise at the time of her clearance, determined to assist, if possible, in the discharge of the cargo. About 12 o'clock last night the Mermaid approached the pier; her cargo was transferred to two small "punts," and the "transports" proceeded up the river,entered the canal basin, and their cargoes were discharged on the tow-path near the lock. Matters were going on splendidly, when a new actor appeared on the scene in the person of Capt. Childs, of the Oswego Custom House, who had for some time been calmly watching the movements of the industrious liquor merchants from the opposite side of the lock. One of the casks had already been taken into the building occupied by Mr. Snoody, and another was following when the official interfered. The property was attached in the name of the Federal Government, and the enterprising owners (previous to the seizure) will undergo examination before the U.S. Commissioner on the charge of smuggling, the penalty for which is the forfeiture of the vessel and cargo, as well as fine and imprisonment. [Oswego Times]

The American Steamers - have started daily trips.

p.3 Imports - 4th - Barge Crosby, Montreal - 7 qr casks wine, 5 bags coffee, 8 chests tea.

Sch China, Wallaceburg - Calvin & Breck, 180 pcs oak timber.

Str Bay of Quinte, Belleville - 1 reaper, 1 bag cheese.

Brig Liverpool, Toronto - Calvin & Breck, 248 pcs oak timber.

Str St. Helen, Trenton - General cargo.

Str Champion, Hamilton - General cargo.

Str Pierrepont, Cape Vincent - (mixed cargo)

5th - Schr West, Chicago - J.H. Henderson & Co., 3,200 (sic) wheat.

Clearances - 4th - Schr Sweet Home, Toronto - 80 cords wood.

Schr M.L. Cook, Hamilton.

Schr J.C. Wheeler, Port Dover.

Schr China, Port Colborne.

Str St. Helen, Montreal - general cargo.

Barge Swan, do. - 20,000 bus wheat, J.H. Henderson & Co.

Barge Falcon, do. - 20,721 bus wheat, do.

Barge Linnet, do. - 18,664 bus wheat, do.

5th - Str Champion, Montreal.

Schr Seagull, Port Dalhousie.

Brig Liverpool, Hamilton.

Prop West, Montreal.

Barge Cato, do. - 10,675 bus wheat, Glassford, Jones & Co.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 5, 1864