The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
W. S. Nelson (Schooner), 22 May 1860

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Riot On Board A Schooner - Last evening quite an excitement was caused upon the dock by a difficulty which took place among the crew of the schooner W.S. Nelson, the circumstances of which are as follows:
A sailor was shipped by Capt. Parker, Shipping Agent, and after signing articles, refused to go out on board the vessel. he was accordingly arrested and locked up until the schooner was ready to depart, when he was escorted on board by officer Slatterly, he then protested against going, and one of the crew named Napier, took up in his behalf, and endeavored to prevent the mate from casting off the line, whereupon a scuffle ensured, and the sailor was rather roughly handled.
At one time a general melee seemed inevitable. Napier was arrested and lodged in jail, and as the vessel was being towed down the river, the seaman who Capt. Parker shipped, jumped overboard and swam ashore. he was arrested, and the examination of both took place this morning, the particulars of which may be found in our Police report.

Police Report. - Business was unusually active this morning, there being quite a number of causes on hand.
The first upon the docket was that of two disorderly sailors, McPherson and Napier. After a full hearing the former was acquitted and Napier was held to answer for a breach of the peace, in instigating a riot on board the
schooner W.S. Nelson.
Frank Miller, the captain of a canal boat, was arrested at Fulton last evening by officer Leroy, on complaint of Thomas Burdick. The accused pleaded guilty to the charge of stoning Burdick¹s boat, but at the same time
claimed he only desired to frighten and not hurt him. The Recorder sharply reprimanded Capt. Burdick for the ungentlemanly language he had made use of in the premises, and charged Mr. Miller the sum of ten dollars for the privilege of frightening his fellow captain. As it was not exactly convenient for Mr. Miller to disburse at that moment, he was taken below, and time granted to figure out his financial embarrassment.
Mr. Hunt, another canal mariner, was arrested on complaint of one of his hands for assault and battery. Although Mr. H. might have been somewhat hasty, it was decided by the Court he was not guilty of a breach of the
peace and he was therefore acquitted.
John Goulaher was charged with committing an assault on the person of Edward Cummins. The affair grew out of a difficulty between the parties with regard to the loading of a canal boat. Several witnesses were called, and testified "sure they saw the accuse strike Cummins, not positive whether with hand or fist, but he give him a clout any way." They were both required to give bonds to the amount of $100, to keep the peace, and Mr. Goulaher was requested to get bleached out and call upon the Recorder next Thursday morning and ascertain how much he owes the city for his misconduct..
      Oswego Commercial Times
      Tuesday, May 22, 1860

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W. S. Nelson (Schooner), 22 May 1860