Cruelty to Seamen - Conviction of a Lake Captain. - The decision of the following case may be of some interest to lake men in Oswego. The Buffalo Courier says:
The trial of Captain David Gibson, of the schooner GEORGE WORTHINGTON, for cruelty to seamen, which has been in progress before the United States District Court at Cleveland for several days, terminated Wednesday by the conviction of the defendant. The offense in which Gibson was tried, occurred in June last. The schooner left Cleveland for Hamilton and Cobourg, Canada, via Welland Canal.
Prior to, and during the passage through the canal, the men were worked over 38 hours without sleep, and upon getting through the canal, went below and "turned in" - refusing to obey the Captain's orders to prepare for sea. For this offense the captain procured the services of a Canadian constable at Port Dalhousie, Canada, and took the disobedient into custody and had them cast into prison for 10 days, in default of pay their fines and the cost in the case. The United States Consul at St. Catharines, having been apprised of their imprisonment, had them sent to the United States before the vessel returned to Port Dalhousie, homeward bound.
The counts in the indictment against the captain, charged him, first, with forcing the men on shore, of leaving them in a foreign land; and refusing to bring them back again. He was found guilty on the first two only, as they had returned to the United States before the return of the vessel to Port Dalhousie.
Oswego Advertiser and Times
February 5, 1868