The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gananoque Reporter (Gananonque, ON), Oct. 27, 1883

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p.2 Troubles at Oswego

We regret to hear of troubles at Oswego between the firm of E.W. Rathbun & Co., and the longshoremen. They originated from the refusal of the firm to pay 30 cents a thousand for discharing lumber, the men demanding that sum for unloading the Resolute as she carries over 300,000 feet and thus comes on the list of those vessels for which that scale has been fixed. The men refused to accept a less amount, the proprietors decided to carry a sufficient crew to unload their own barges and the necessary number were sent on the Resolute to accomplish this, which they did in reasonably good time. The men in the Oswego yard, 75 in number, then quit work the longshoremen having resolved that they would not unload, pile, or stow away any of the Rathbun Co's lumber. This necessitated the sending over of a larger force, the firm being desirous of unloading their own vessels with their own men, and being forced by the action of the longshoremen to undertake the piling and stowing of their lumber at Oswego. The new hands were housed in comfortable quarters in the yard. The longshoremen, observing the new turn of affairs had taken commenced hostilities, threatening and committing some acts of violence. On Monday some 400 or 500 men marching in procession and carrying an American flag invaded the yard and secured a conference with the Canadians, and by various influences persuaded a number to join their ranks or return home, a small number only sticking to their post. The firm, however, are engaging men elsewhere to do their work in the yard, trusting that these will be protected in their duties by the proper authorities. [Deseronto Tribune]

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Rick Neilson
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Gananoque Reporter (Gananonque, ON), Oct. 27, 1883