A LONG CHASE: -- Captain William Higgie, of Chicago, left last week for Quebec, to look after the schooner HEMISPHERE, on her way from the lakes to Europe with deals. Mr. Higgie will have something to do, if there is any truth in the following item from the Prescott Telegraph, which quite an excitement on the docks of Prescott, occasioned by the arrival in our port of a tug steamer from Ogdensburg, having on board a United States Marshal and about twenty sailors, in chase of the schooner HEMISPHERE, lumber laden from Detroit for Quebec. The United States Marshal claims a debt from the schooner, said to exist since 1874. The vessel has changed owners twice since that year. It appears that the captain of the schooner had not previously any information of the claim, and knowing the United States Marshal has no jurisdiction in Canada waters, has quietly laid over in that port from Thursday last. In the meantime the tug with the marshal on board is swinging at anchor on the American side, awaiting the departure of the schooner, to overhaul her if she can when she approaches the Gallop Rapids, where she enters American waters for a short time, near the black buoys. he captain of the schooner seems to be quite confident of eluding his pursuer at that place, and from the heavy expense attending the watching by the United States Marshal with the tug, much chagrin will no doubt be felt by him if the schooner should escape.
October 23, 1876
The schooner HEMISPHERE which was sought for by the U. S. Marshals at Detroit and the St. Lawrence River, escaped at the Gallop Rapids and has gone to sea.
Port Huron Daily Times
Thursday, October 26, 1876
NOTE:-- " The schooner was safey piloted down an unfrequented Canadian channel by Captain McNamara, of Montreal. When the HEMISPHERE was in the shallowest part of the channel there was but six inches of water under her keel, but she escaped arrest. Both the crew and that of the tug were armed for a fight." --- only part extracted
November 7, 1876
CAPTURED AT LAST:-- The schooner HEMISPHERE, an account of whose trip from this port to Quebec, chased by United States Marshals, has been published, has at last been captured: Not by United States officials, however, but by Canadian officers, who seized her at Quebec on a warrant from the Admiralty Court.
November 16, 1876
The First Lake vessel This Season Is The Bark HEMISPHERE.
The Inter Ocean, as usual, furnishes the information of the first departure of lake vessels for Europe. The craft this season will be the bark HEMISPHERE, owned in Chicago. She is now loading at Quebec and will leave in a few days for the United Kingdom. The owner, Captain James Considine, going over on her, a master being appointed at Quebec. There has been some effort, we believe, to keep the fact of her departure for foreign parts quiet, but our Quebec correspondent is equal to the emergency, and gives us the news.
It will be remembered that last season the vessel was chased all the way down the lakes by the chartered tugs in the interest of creditors. The Captain, however, was too sharp for the creditors and their attorneys or their chartered tugs either, and succeeded in getting out of their clutches. It is not believed that the HEMISPHERE will ever again return to the lakes. What makes her departure of particular interest is the fact that one of her most unrelenting enemies and creditor, of course, - is a Chicago man, and the manager of a tug line, whose office is not a thousand miles from the corner of Water and Franklin Streets. It is thus seen that the HEMISPHERE' is a forced departure, but she nevertheless gets a paying freight. Other vessels, not in trouble, will be leaving for Europe during the season. One of these is the bark SUMMER CLOUD, announced several day ago as going to Muskegon to load deals for Quebec. On her arrival at the latter place, if a good freight is offered on her deals, or on some other commodity, she will cross the Atlantic. The schooner HUNGARIAN is already on her way to Quebec, and the LINCOLN DALL has left with the SUMMER CLOUD for Muskegon to load for Quebec. There is a chance that the HUNGARIAN may cross "the Brimy," but it is not thought that the LINCOLN DALL will be sent out.
Muskegon, Mich., April 30. -- The schooner HUNGARIAN, of Chicago, cleared for Quebec today with 290,000 feet of deals from Ryerson, Hills & Co.'s Mills.
The J. W. Mills Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, Spring 1877.
Bark HEMISPHERE. U. S. No. 11763. Of 315.51 tons. Home port, Detroit.
Merchant Vessel List of U. S., 1871
Schooner HEMISPHERE, of 315 tons. Built St. Clair by S. Langell in 1864. Owned by Doyle. Home port, Chicago. Value $7,000. Class B 2. REMARKS:- Three masts.
Association of Lake Underwriters
NOTE:-- the HEMISPHERE has two U. S. No's. the later one is 95314, perhaps rebuilt prior to leaving the lakes in 1876 ?