The Ella Murton
Who is Captain of the Midwinter Cruiser?
The Times yesterday chronicled the arrival at this port yesterday afternoon of the schooner Ella Murton from Kingston with a cargo of barley for Messrs. Gaylord, Downey & Co. The vessel's Canadian clearance named John Saunders as master. She was so entered at the custom house here, and her clearance from this port was made out with the name of Saunders as master.
Captain Joseph Parsons called at the Times office this morning and requested that a correction of the statement that the Ella Murton was commanded by Saunders be made. He said the vessel was under his command during the trip over, and is still under his command, and will be until she returns to Kingston or is laid up here; that Captain Saunders was merely acting as mate and had no further responsibility in navigating the vessel than that pertaining to his position as one of the crew; that although Captain Saunders is one of the owners of the Ella Murton, that vessel would never have attempted the recent trip had it not been for himself, (Capt. Parsons).
The latter also said that the only interest Captain Saunders has in the trip, aside from his wages as mate, is his proportion as part owner of the sum arising from the charter of the vessel. The statement of Captain Parsons is corroborated by the fact that Messrs. Gaylord, Downey & Co., recognize him as master, his name appearing such in the bill of lading and to him the freight is paid.
On the other hand Captain Saunders stated to a Times reporter yesterday that he commanded the vessel on the trip over; that he was guaranteed by Messrs. Gaylord, Downey & Co. from loss or damage to the vessel and that under these circumstances he did not feel justified in bringing her into the harbor himself, for should an accident occur in so doing, it might complicate matters in a settlement of damages. He, therefore, when off the harbor, placed her in charge of Captain Parsons.
There is a little discrepancy in the state of the two mariners which they will have to adjust between themselves.