The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 9, 1874

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Trouble In The Harbor
The Schooner Ben. Franklin and Her Captain Meet With a Series of Trials

Last Saturday afternoon Capt. Doville, of the schooner Ben. Franklin, chartered to Isaac Rice to carry a cargo of apples from this port to Montreal, and let the job of stowing the cargo to a man named Hourigan for $20. Before the vessel had received many apples, the shipper, Mr. Rice, objected to the manner in which the men were receiving the cargo, and told the captain that unless the apples were taken more rapidly he would stop delivering. The captain asked the foreman of the gang to put on more men, enough to take the apples as fast as they were put on the rail, but the foreman would not and the captain then discharged the whole gang and hired another. The discharged men went before Justice Blair and had an attachment issued which was given to constable Sabin who served it on the captain and seized the yawl, and started to take it away when the captain told him not to, as he would bond the vessel and fight the case out on his return.

During the evening Sabin learned that the captain had not bonded and as the vessel was on the point of leaving, the constable again went to the vessel and took possession of the yawl. Just as the constable was casting off the pointer, Capt. Doville jumped into the yawl and ordered the constable ashore, telling him at the same time that the attachment was worthless as it did not state the name of the owner of the boat. The constable got out of the boat and it was taken around to the stern and hoisted up on the davits, and the tug Major Dana, acting Captain Crimmins, started with the schooner in tow for sea. Not to be beaten, the constable got a warrant from Captain Lee for the arrest of Captain Doville for resisting an officer, and with officers Walrod and Chauncey boarded the Franklin as she was being towed down the river. When the officers boarded the vessel, Captain Doville sprang into the main rigging and went aloft to escape the service of the warrant. the officers having no desire to follow, cried out to the tug to land the vessel to land vessel inside the West Pier and made it known to the captain of the tug that they had a warrant for the arrest of the captain of the vessel.

Captain Crimmins of the tug, a law abiding citizen, concluded it was his duty to do as directed by the officers, and, contrary to wishes of Doville, he rounded the vessel to the west harbor, where in landing she ran into the schooner Saucy Jack, carrying away the main rigging of the "impudent John" and breaking the jib-boom of the Franklin. Captain Doville, after his vessel was fastened to the wharf, was taken to the police station where he was confined until yesterday, when N.B. Stone interested himself in the captain's behalf and had him released this morning.

This morning the captain was arraigned on the charge of resisting an officer and was held to bail in the sum of $500. It is said that the Recorder did not acquit himself with any particular credit on the examination.

Taken all in all the captain of the Franklin is in a "bad boat" for the captain of the Saucy Jack has sued out as attachment for the damage done his vessel.

Captains complain bitterly of the course pursued by many dockmen and justice at this port. The captains say they are compelled to let the contract of loading or unloading their vessels in many instances to irresponsible men, who shirk their work so that they all will be discharged, and then attach the schooner. many captains prefer to pay both gangs rather that go to the law and to waste time in fighting.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 9, 1874