The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Africa (Propeller), 15 Aug 1895

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2 Firemen Who Were Discharged Have Claims of $28 a Month For The Navigation Season
      The barge AFRICA is in the hands of United States Marshal Kane. She was libeled late yesterday afternoon. Edward Creamer and Jacob Ryan are the complainants.
      It seems that Creamer and Ryan went on board the AFRICA on the last trip from Buffalo and entered into a verbal contract with the master and first engineer to ship as firemen. They were to receive $28 a month each and board for their services. It is alleged that it was agreed that if they were discharged before the close of the season of navigation they were to have their full $28 per month and board, but should they quit the services of the steamer before the close of the season of navigation they were only to receive at the rate of $23 per month and board and $5 per month was to be retained by the master.
      It is further alleged that in case they were discharged all monies so retained by the master were to be paid to the libelants at the time of such discharge. The boat reached Cleveland and the men were discharged and the libelants allege that at the time they were so dismissed they then and there notified the master and engineer that they were ready and willing to perform their contract and continue in the employment of the steamer during the balance of the season of navigation but they were not permitted to do so and were compelled to go ashore.
      The men returned to Buffalo and lay in wait for the AFRICA, and as soon as she arrived they clapped a libel on her for wages at the rate of $28 a month for the season of navigation.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, August 16, 1895

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Africa (Propeller), 15 Aug 1895