The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Mon., Aug. 1, 1870

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Melee On The Wharf. - A lively row occurred Saturday evening on the salt wharf at the foot of Front street, between a number of dissatisfied mariners and the captain of the schooner Gerritt Smith. It appeared that a sailor named Michael McMahon applied for a berth on the vessel, but was refused in consequence of the crew being full.

McMahon went off and came back on board the vessel drunk, and endeavored to persuade some of the crew to leave by telling them that they had shipped for less than the going wages. Captain Murphy pitched into the party who was endeavoring to excite mutinying on his vessel, and after some heavy bitting (cq) tumbled him over the rail on the wharf.

McMahon was then reinforced by his brother James, one being armed with a sheath knife and the other with a brick, the Captain taking a defensive position on the deck with a revolver. A number of others interfered as peacemakers and instigators of riot, and the uproar was loud until the police arrived and arrested the leaders in the disturbance.

The McMahon brothers were examined before the Police Court this morning, and a fine of $25.00 was imposed on each, or fifty-nine days imprisonment. The culprits will also be held on peace warrants, should they pay their fines, in consequence of serious threats having been made.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Mon., Aug. 1, 1870