The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 27, 1868

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p.2 Government Stores For Prescott - on str.Corinthian.

Police Court - James Scott, master of a scow called the Flying Cloud, complained of a man stealing money from it.


As the affairs of the steamer Rochester seem to have got into a rather complicated shape, and as various rumors are floating about the streets in relation to her, it may be well to give what we understand to be the facts in the case.

The Rochester is owned by Capt. Dewey, who also commands the boat, which has been running between this port and Belleville, via Kingston, since the opening of navigation. It seems that a certain party on the other side holds a mortgage on the steamer, which became due a short time since, when Capt. Dewey called on the agent or attorney of the mortgagee, and asked for an extension of the time for ten days, which was granted. Subsequently, the captain offered part payment of the mortgage, which was refused, and soon after a boat-keeper was put aboard. On the last trip, soon after the Rochester made fast to the dock at Belleville, the Captain saw the sheriff approaching, and having an idea than an execution was out, he immediately cast off the lines, and steamed away before the officer could board the steamer, which arrived here on Wednesday evening about nine o'clock. No sooner had she arrived, than she was boarded by officers acting on behalf of parties here, who are said to have claims on her, and she now lies at the dock, waiting the settlement of the matter. The Canadian boat-keeper remains on board day and night, and, we believe, claims to have legal possession of the boat. How the case will come out is difficult to foretell. It is related, that when the Rochester put away from Belleville, the boat-keeper went to the man at the wheel, and presenting a pistol at his head, ordered him to put her about for the port; Capt. Dewey appeared, and with a pistol at the wheelsman's head, ordered him to keep her on her course. The man was between two fires, and seemed in danger of losing his brains if he obeyed either order; but Capt. Dewey got the best of the situation, by putting his shooting iron uncomfortably close to the boat-keeper, and telling him to go below, or he'd blow his brains out, which order he saw it was best to obey. We cannot vouch for the reliability of the latter statement, but we give it as related to us by those who claim to know the circumstances. It is said that the trouble is occasioned by a party in Kingston, who is determined to control the commerce of the Bay of Quinte, and knowing that the Rochester is doing a flourishing business, has purchased all claims against the boat, with a view of obtaining control of her, or, failing of that, to drive her from the line. [Oswego Advertiser and Times]

The latter portion of the above is certainly purely imaginery. No party in Kingston, that we are aware of, has purchased any claims whatever against Captain Dewey. Mr. Gildersleeve, the person most interested in the traffic of the Bay of Quinte, assures us that he is not interested in the affairs of Captain Dewey in any way whatever, nor has he purchased any claims against the Rochester. The truth of the matter is that Mr. Daintry, of Cobourg, the former owner of the boat, levied on the same for payments due to him by Captain Dewey, which he had failed to meet. The report as to the pistolling must be received with many grains of allowance, as report from authentic sources says that the person in charge of the Rochester was coaxed ashore immediately previous to her departure from Belleville.

p.3 Arrivals - 27; Departures - 27.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 27, 1868