The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Friday, Sep 29, 1882

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On Wednesday, when the City of Toronto came into her wharf at the foot of Younge street, Toronto, an officer of the custom house proceeded aboard of her and ordered and ordered her captain to tie her up. Along with the officer were four engineers who proceeded to denude the boat of certain necessary pieces of machinery, thus effectually preventing her from navigating. The facts of the case are that Collector Paton received a communication from Inspector Meneihey informing him that the certificate of the boat had been revoked and that she at present was running without a certificate. He accordingly ordered that she should be seized and tied up. The certificate was revoked until the vessel should be docked and thoroughly overhauled. Collector Paton, in pursuance of these orders, informed her owners on Wednesday that he would permit the vessel to run across to St. Catharines, where the owners live, but warned them that if she returned here she would be tied up. She did return, and the collector kept his word.

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This incident came hard on the heels of the loss of the Canadian passenger steamer ASIA in Georgian Bay on September 14, and the resultant accusations that the ASIA had been overloaded and unseaworthy. This is the first 19th century incident I've heard of where the vessel was actually disabled by officials. On Halloween of the following year, during the rebuild at Muir's drydock, Port Dalhousie, CITY OF TORONTO (C#85414) caught fire and burned to a total loss.
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Friday, Sep 29, 1882
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Friday, Sep 29, 1882