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W. S. Nelson (Schooner), riot ?, 22 May 1860

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Riot On Board A Schooner - Last evening quite an excitement was caused upon the dock by a difficulty which took place among the crew of the schooner W.S. NELSON, the circumstances of which are as follows:
A sailor was shipped by Capt. Parker, Shipping Agent, and after signing articles, refused to go out on board the vessel. he was accordingly arrested and locked up until the schooner was ready to depart, when he was escorted on board by officer Slatterly, he then protested against going, and one of the crew named Napier, took up in his behalf, and endeavored to prevent the mate from casting off the line, whereupon a scuffle ensured, and the sailor was rather roughly handled.
At one time a general melee seemed inevitable. Napier was arrested and lodged in jail, and as the vessel was being towed down the river, the seaman who Capt. Parker shipped, jumped overboard and swam ashore. he was arrested, and the examination of both took place this morning, the particulars of which may be found in our Police report.
      Oswego Commercial Times
      Tues., May 22, 1860

Police Report. - Business was unusually active this morning, there being quite a number of causes on hand.
The first upon the docket was that of two disorderly sailors, McPherson and Napier. After a full hearing the former was acquitted and Napier was held to answer for a breach of the peace, in instigating a riot on board the schooner W.S. NELSON.
      Oswego Commercial Times
      Tues., May 22, 1860

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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
William R. McNeil
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W. S. Nelson (Schooner), riot ?, 22 May 1860