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Jessie Drummond (Schooner), C51655, mutiny, 14 Oct 1878

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MUTINY ON A TORONTO SCHOONER.---The schooner JESSIE DRUMMOND left Myles wharf, Toronto, Thursday night, the I4th. inst, about 11 o'clock for Frenchman's Bay. Just outside the Island, Robert Coults, the first mate, being in charge, found he had difficulty in getting two of the sailors to do their work properly. He soon settled one of the men, and when he thought everything was quiet,and was sitting on a box near the cabin, conversing with Captain Maw, the other dissatisfied sailor, named Newman, and belonging to Toronto, came up to Coults and struck at him with a knife. Coults threw up his arm to defend himself
and received a very ugly wound in the forearm, cutting it to the bone. Next he ran his knife into Coults knee, and afterwards came back threatening to kill him. The Captain drew his revolver and ordered Newman to the forecastle, and with the assistance of the other sailor he was kept there until the vessel was brought into Frenchman's Bay.
When first seen the schooner had her flag at half mast. A tug then hurried out to her aid. Dr. Adair of Dumbarton was sent for to dress Coults wounds, and Constable Pizer to arrest Newman. Just before the constable arrived Newman broke out of the forecastle, and was making off when the Captain ordered him to stand, drew his revolver and fired into the air, this stopped him and he was arrested by the Constable. Dr. Adair reports Coults to be in a bad condition, but likely to recover. Newman's trial took place last night before John Parker J. P., and S. Buntine J. P. when Captain Maw, Dr. Adair and three others of the sailors gave evidence. The prisoner was commited to Whitby Goal --- Globe.
      Meaford Monitor
      Friday November I5, I878

Schooner JESSIE DRUMMOND. Official Canada No. 51655. Of 292 tons reg. Built St. Catharines, Ont., 1865. Home port, Port Hope, Ont. 134.5 x 23.0 x 11.9 Owened by Hugh Rooney, et al, Port Hope, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898

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    Latitude: 43.634444 Longitude: -79.370833
William R. McNeil
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Jessie Drummond (Schooner), C51655, mutiny, 14 Oct 1878