Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 27 Sep, 1905
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SINK YANKEE FISH TUGS
CANADIANS TO ARM VIGILANT WITH MODERN GUNS
Treaty Says Old Guns, and International Squabble May Result
Ottawa, Ont., September 25. - The department of Marine is preparing to place four three-pounder quick-firing guns on the Vigilant, the Canadian cruiser on Lake Erie, that it may put a stop to poaching by American fishermen.
The only thing that will prevent the carrying out of this plan is the Bagot agreement of 1817 which provides that the largest gun on the lakes shall be an eighteen pounder muzzle to order. That gun sends a ball 300 to 400 yards. The modern gun can send an explosive shell four and a half miles.
From Toronto word is received that Hon. Dr. Reaume is authority for the statement that the relation of the Booth and a number of other American fishing companies to the Ontario fisheries department will be thoroughly investigated. It is also said in Toronto that some of the boats engaged in the poaching operations belong to American companies, despite the fact that they are chartered by the men who sail them.
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- Resorting to more primitive means, the VIGILANT, after a number of verbal warnings and even a shot across the bows, had rammed and sunk the U.S. fish tug GRACIE M. in June of the same year.
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- 27 Sep, 1905
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- Dave Swayze
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- Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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