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Bertha Barnes (Schooner), U2935, 12 Jul 1904

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      CAPT. CLARK OF THE SCHOONER BARNES WAS AFRAID TO GO ABOARD LAST NIGHT North Tonawanda, July 12. -- Capt. J.C. Clark of the schooner BERTHA BARNES, which arrived here yesterday with a cargo of lumber, having experienced trouble with his crew over their pay upon arriving at this port, spent the night at a local hotel, fearing for his life if he slept on the boat.
He claims that the crew threatened his life yesterday. This morning he secured a policeman and went aboard. he found that his trunk had been broken open during the night and $10 in money and other valuables stolen.
      The cook stated that she heard someone in the cabin during the night, but thought it was the captain. The crew claim that they have pay for 24 days due, while the captain asserts that they have wages due only for 22.
      One of the crew accepted his pay in accordance with the captains views, but the other sailors decided, after consultation with Secretary Lester of the Local Seamen's Union this morning, to secure a United States Marshal and tie the BARNES up until they have each been paid for 24 days work, if possible.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 12, 1904

Schooner BERTHA BARNES. U. S. No. 2935. Of 330 tons gross; 272 tons net. Built Sheboygan, Wis., 1872. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 151.5 x 30.0 x 10.4 Crew of 6.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

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Bertha Barnes (Schooner), U2935, 12 Jul 1904