The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sept. 30, 1876

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A Dishonest Captain
An Accident to the Schooner Babineau & Gaudry Lands the Captain into the
Clutches of the Law.

The sinking of the schooner Babineau & Gaudry near Alexandria Bay was an unfortunate thing for the owner and captain, William Patterson of Picton, for it brings the dishonest scamp into the toils of the law. Last fall Patterson bought a cargo of coal from A. G. Cook, agent for the D. L. & W. . , on the representation that he would sell it in Picton, where the company is without an agent, but instead sold the coal at Belleville below rates. On returning to this port with his schooner, he paid for the cargo and explained the sale by saying that he did not know that the purchaser would take it to Belleville.

After a promise that he would not again sell coal where there was an agency and on the representation that he owned the vessel and a large farm back of Picton another cargo, of about three hundred tons, was sold to him. During the time he was negotiating for the coal he bought a suit of sails for his schooner, of H. W. Greene, amounting to over $400, and promised to pay for the canvas on his return.

The oily scamp left here in good trim with his cargo, made the passage across the lake, sold the cargo and started for another port on the Canadian side, but was caught by a gale and the vessel driven ashore on Amherst Island. The vessel was released and repaired, but since last fall she has not been in this harbor.

The creditors here, A. G. Cook and A. W. Greene, learned during the winter that Patterson had made false representations, that he did not own a farm and that he had his property out of his hands. Officers have been on the alert for the slippery customer, but until the sinking of his schooner at Alexandria Bay he kept clear of American territory.

The day before yesterday when he landed at Alexandria Bay to get assistance to raise his schooner he was arrested on a warrant, being a foreign debtor, at the instance of Mr. Greene, who was following the vessel down the river, and was taken to Clayton and afterward to Watertown, where he is now confined. As soon as matters can be arranged he will be brought to this city and examined. The schooner had a cargo of coal oil from Hamilton en route to Europe, and had Patterson got away he probably would have remained on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sept. 30, 1876