The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Fred Mercur (Propeller), U120513, 28 Feb 1884

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Steamboat Inspectors Dickson and Learmonth made an investigation into the cause of the stranding las fall on the Erie peninsula of the Lehigh Valley Co.'s steamer FRED MERCUR. After hearing testimony in the matter they rendered a decision finding Peter McKinnon, first mate and Peter McCullom, second mate guilty of neglect in not giving proper soundings to Capt. F.L. Pope, commander of the MERCUR. THe inspectors revoked the license of McKinnon, and suspended that of McCullom for 6 months. The mates feeling that they have not been justly treated by this decision have made an appeal to Supervising Inspector Van Valkenburgh, as the law provides. The defense has been taken up by the Lake Pilots' Association, which has retained Josiah Cook to appear in their behalf. Mr. Van Valkenburgh will begin an investigation tomorrow morning in his office in the White Building.
      Buffalo Commerical Advertiser
      February 28, 1884 3-1

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Fred Mercur (Propeller), U120513, 28 Feb 1884