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Vigilant (Cutter), 17 Sep 1905

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Erie, Spet. 17 - For the fourth time within a week the Canadian patrol boat VIGILANT fired on American fishing craft today. More than 30 shots from the Canadian struck the big steam tug HARRY G. BARNHURST. Two fishermen were cut by splinters hurled about when the shots from the VIGILANT took effect.
      The BARNHURST's upper works were riddled by the shells, and the craft had a decided list when she came into port with a mass of wreckage falling over her side. She had a run of 8 miles at full steam before she crossed the boundary line and got out of the way of the patrol boat.
Having been used formerly for a pleasure steamer, the BARNHURST is a large size, and well fitted with steam equipment. The fireman Magnus Johnson fainted in the hold from overexertion in keeping the steamer going ahead. He was reported killed but revived after reaching shore.
The BARNURST according to Capt. Fasel, was about 5 miles over the line, drawing nets, when the VIGILANT appeared. The other Erie tugs, the ALMA, VALIANT and the BOYD, were also over the line, and ran away when the chase started. Capt. Dunn of the VIGILANT ordered the BARNHURST to stop, but instead of doing so, Capt. Fasel put on full steam and started for the line. He took a southwesterly direction and could not be headed by the VIGILANT.
The BARNHURST lost a large quantity of nets.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 18, 1905 1-7

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Vigilant (Cutter), 17 Sep 1905