The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), May 22, 1856

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Boat Stealing - On Tuesday morning, the 13th instant, by break of day, a man was discovered on the premises of Mr. May, between the mouths of the 15 and 16 Mile Creeks; and on being addressed, he asked the loan of some tools to mend a boat he had on the beach below. Mr. May went down with him, and from the boat being in no sailing trim, he judge it was a stolen one. On being questioned, the man showed the greatest embarrassment, and finally ran away to avoid going before a magistrate. The was chased, but managed to dodge his pursuer.

About 10 o'clock the same morning, some men arrived from Youngstown, enquiring after a boat stolen from that place; but the boat detained by Mr. May was not the one. The men kept along the lake shore, and at the 30 Mile Creek they learned that a boat answering their description had been offered for sale there on the previous Sunday morning, but the man, perceiving he was suspected, put out and made sail across the lake. At the time the boat was taken from Youngstown, a very handsome child's carriage was missed, and the article was noticed in the boat on Sunday. The man calling at the Thirty that day, and at the Fifteen two days after, agreed in description to one previously noticed in Youngstown. He did not appears to be more than 18 years of age, and seemed to Mr. May amazingly green in the practical vocation he had adopted.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), May 22, 1856