The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), July 5, 1847


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While the Canadian steamer was engaged in carrying out pleasure parties some disturbances took place, as we understand, between a few sailors and some of the hands on board of the steamer as she was about leaving the dock, for a trip on the lake, resulting in a fight in which a number were knocked down.

While the steamer was out, an excited crowd principally of sailors and boatmen, collected on the dock, and when she came alongside a rush was made on board. The anchors were thrown overboard, and a general melee ensued. As the situation of things became known, the police were promptly on the spot, headed by the President of the village, with the U.S. Marshall and Sheriff.

The rioters were dispersed, a number of ringleaders taken into custody, and the boat released. A detachment of the Oswego Guards, under Capt. Barbour, subsequently appeared on the ground and order was restored. The civil authorities are entitled to much credit for the promptitude, energy and efficiency with which they discharged their duties on the occasion.

And as no serious consequences resulted, we trust the outrage committed will be put down by our Canadian friends to the account of the rowdyism belonging more or less to all commercial places, rather than to the citizens of Oswego. We regret that any thing should have happened calculated to interrupt for a moment the reciprocal good understanding that belongs to the daily intercourse of people bound together by the ties of interest and consanguinity.


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Date of Original:
July 5, 1847
Local identifier:
GLN.90
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Richard Palmer
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), July 5, 1847