PIRACY ON THE ST. CLAIR RIVER.
To the Editor of the Post and Tribune
Marine City, November 13, 1877
The gang of pirates that have been committing depredations the whole length of the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers have got a check put on their operations for a while. A black sloop scow, about 40 feet long by 12 wide, with a covered cabin 10 feet wide by 16 feet long and 5 feet high had been seen lying along the shores at different times, was suspicioned and a watch was set over her doings. Last night she was captured, together with one able bodied seaman, and, had there been less haste, the balance of the gang, together with their boats might have been captured. The man captured was lodged in jail, and when the officer went to carry him a warm breakfast, behold; the lockup had no doors on it. But the boat, which is a very nice new scow with a perfect outfit, is in charge where moths and rust will not injure not thieves yank her away.
The boat, on the 3rd of October at night, stole 100 bushels of barley from Henry Rankin, three miles above here, and about the 4th of November stole 150 bushels of barley from Henry Caswell, and between the time stole 60 bushels of oats from Harsen's Island. The boat has a good supply of bags to do business with. Six of the bags are marked "R" in black paint, two with a blue cross, and one with "W.I.L." The boat has no name.