The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 18 July, 1895

Full Text
And Gus Peterson was Rudely Awakened by a Slap

While trying to snatch a wink of sleep at the wheel of the schooner Nassau, bound up, at daybreak yesterday morning, Gus Peterson, able bodied seaman, was rudely awakened by a resounding slap on the left side of the face, given by Capt. Harrington. Instead of turning the other side for similar treatment, Gus became mad and invited the captain "out in the alley" to have it out. Thereupon the captain, he claims, grabbed a capstan bar and let him have the soft end of it right on top of the head.

Gus was then put ashore with his dunnage and appeared in the United States district attorney's office with a complaint for assault on the high seas. His scalp was well laid open, and the rich, warm blood that issued therefrom had dyed his hair, whiskers, and clothing the same color. Gus says he has been sailing the high and low seas for "nigh onto thirty year," and this is the first time any human being, be he master, mate, or cabin-boy, had the temerity to hit him on the person.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Original:
18 July, 1895
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Dave Swayze
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 18 July, 1895