The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Emerald (Steamboat), 2 May 1850

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The Canadian stm. EMERALD registered under British law, running between Buuffalo and Chippewa, was seized last fall by the Buffalo Collector of Customs as forfeited to the United States for the smuggling through her by a young man employed on board as a barkeeper, by the lessee of her saloon, of 2 small pieces of cloth of the value of $6 or $8, subject to advalorem duty of 20 %. She was libelled in the U.S. District Court, tried in Rochester, and a verdict rendered against the Government. It was proved that the officers and owners of the boat had no knowledge of, or participation in the illegal act of the barkeeper. The Court granted the Collector a certificate of probable cause of seizure, thus shielding him from responsibility for damage occasioned by the arrest of the vessel.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 29, 1850

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William R. McNeil
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Emerald (Steamboat), 2 May 1850