The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 9 Jul, 1875

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EXCITEMENT IN MARINE MATTERS AT TOLEDO. - The propeller R. B. Standly, of the Dominion Line, which has been lying in this port for ten days or more, has been awaiting the result in Admiralty for some $1,300, for repairs to her boiler and machinery. Yesterday morning, pending litigation, her owners filed bonds for security in the United States Court, and she was released. She immediately loaded with grain for Montreal, and would have sailed last night. As soon as possible after her release by the United States Marshal, an attachment was issued by James M. Burns, trustee, for sundry Hamilton, Ont., parties, for a debt of $900, and placed in the hands of under Sheriff Wm. Babington to serve. He, in company with Deputy Sheriff Babington, hastened to the wharf and leaped aboard the Standly just as she was casting off her lines. The officers quickly made known their business and ordered the men to allow them to remain fast. The mate, who was in command of the vessel, issued counter orders, and then caused (the lines) to be cut. The vessel was just swinging off into the stream, when Deputy Sheriff Babington sprang on the dock and made for the Cherry Street bridge as fast as possible. The Standly was blowing her whistle for the bridge to open, and bearing the under sheriff Canadawards at a good round rate of speed. The bridge was just swinging open as Babington reached it: he sprang on, and yelled to the bridge tenders to close it up, "in the name of the people of the State of Ohio." There was quick compliance, and the officers of the Standly, seeing that further resistance was unavailable, gracefully yielded. Several men were placed on board the boat, and she was tied up at Sullivan's dock. - Toledo Commercial, 8th.

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Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 9 Jul, 1875