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Reuben Doud (Schooner), U110151, 26 Aug 1893


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FIERCE FIGHT ON SHIPBOARD.
      UNION MEN ATTACK A NON-UNION CREW - THEIR LEADER SHOT BY THE CAPTAIN.
      [Special to the Evening News]
      Detroit, Mich., Aug. 26. - A gang of men from the Seamen's Union made a vicious attack on the non-union crew of the schooner ROBERT DOUD tonight, and a a result their leader, Delegate O'Brien, lies stiff and cold in the Morgue.
      The DOUD was loaded and all ready to sail. While waiting for a tug the party of union men boarded the vessel and began an attack on the crew. The sailors were speedily driven back and sought the forecastle for protection. This left Capt. Wm. Lennon alone. O'Brien, leader of the union men, had made his way to his side and dealt him a severe blow on the head with a hand spike.
      Capt Lennon could have held out only a few minutes longer had it not been for his wife, who rushing from the cabin hastened to shield her husband. The hot headed O'Brien, purple with rage, aimed a blow at Mrs. Lennon which would have broken her skull had he not slipped. Instead Mrs. Lennon received the full force of the blow on the arm and sank to the deck with a cry of pain.
      All the man in Capt. Lennon was aroused when he heard the cry, and as O'Brien started to strike him again he pulled his revolver and fired. The ball took effect in the Delegate's neck and he and the party beat a hasty retreat. O'Brien did not seem to be badly hurt at first and walked away a little distance and sat down. Soon after the patrol waggon arrived and he was placed in it. He died before the wagon reached the station.
      Captain Lennon was arrested and locked up. The DOUD is owned by Timothy Hurley of this city, who is a member of the Lake Carrier's Association.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, August 26, 1893 p.5, c.7

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Schooner REUBEN DOUD. U. S. No. 110151. Of 353.03 gross tons; 334.43 tons net. Built Winneconne, Wis., 1873. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 137.0 x 26.0 x 11.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1886


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union attack, one dead
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1893
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McN.E.1676
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English
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William R. McNeil
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Reuben Doud (Schooner), U110151, 26 Aug 1893