The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Free Press (Oswego, NY), Wed., April 2, 1834

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Lake Ontario Marine Temperance Society. - it is with pleasure we learn by the following proceedings that a society with the above title has been formed in this village, and has already enrolled as members more than sixty names. This society has been got up by the sailors themselves, and it is the sailors who have promptly and cheerfully come forward and signed the constitution of the same.

When it is reflected that a few years since, intemperance, in all its loathsomeness and misery, prevailed to an alarming extent here, and among no class of men more than sailors, the qbove intelligence will be received with joy by every Christian and every well-wisher of the human race.

The sailors are now taking a high stand both in a moral and religious point of view; and an intoxicated mariner has become a sign extremely rare among us. We do hope every captain will forthwith affix his name to the constitution, and thus induce all who navigate these waters to follow his example.


At a meeting of several Masters of Vessels and Sailors, belongint to the Port of Oswego, held pursuant to notice, at the Bethel room, on the evening of the 31st of March, A.D. 1834, Capt. Dorchester having been called to the chair, it was, on motion.

Resolved. That it is expedient, in the view of this meeting, to proceed immediately to organize a society for the promotion of Temperance among sailors employed on Lake Ontario.

A constitution was submitted to the consideration of the meeting, which was unanimously adopted.

Capts. King, Green & Perry were chosen a committee to nominate officers for the society the ensuing year, whose report was adopted and is as follows, to wit:

For President, Capt. John Eno,
" Vice President, Capt. James King.
" Secretary, Capt. Charles Howard.

After obtaining the names of several persons present to the constitution, the meeting adjourned.

Oswego, March 31, 1834

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Oswego Free Press (Oswego, NY), Wed., April 2, 1834