The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), April 25, 1839

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Disgraceful Outrage - We learn by a letter from the Collector at Port Colborne, of the 24th inst., to a gentleman in this village, that a most shameful outrage was committed at that place, upon the schooner Stephen Girard, bound to Cleveland. The vessel was about leaving the lock, to enter the harbour, with the American colours flying, when she was forcibly taken posession of, by about a dozen pol valiant militia men, who have been doing duty there during the winter, under the command of Colonel Baldwin. Their object, it seems, was to get possession of the colours, which they accomplished by cutting the pendant halliards, and threatending the captain with personal injury, if he did not surrender them. After this gallant exploit, they endeavoured to prevent the lock tenders from opening the gates, by which means the ship's boat was crushed to pieces. The schooner left the harbour without further molestation.

It is but an act of justice to the commanding officer, to say, that as soon as he heard of the affray, he ordered a boat to proceed after the schooner with the colours, but it did not succeed in coming up with it before dark. A Court of Inquiry was promptly ordered to investigate the affair. Twelve persons have been examined upon oath, and a lieutenant who was present, put under arrest, for not using his authority to suppress it.

The colonel immediately dispatched an express to Cleveland, with a handsome apology to the captain, and an ample sum to pay for the any damages which his vessel might have sustained. We have also much pleasure in adding that there has not been an act committed during the whole of our border troubles that has received more general exercitation by all parties here, than this, and we have every assurance, that full justice will be meted out to the offenders, by the authorities, and the most efficient measures adopted to prevent any thing of the kind in future.

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The article was dated April 27.
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April 25, 1839
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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), April 25, 1839