The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues., April 23, 1872

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A NEW MANNER OF ADJUSTING MARINE LOSSES. - The captain of a schooner, now lying in this port, has adapted a novel method of bringing insurance agents to time, and forcing a settlement, upon real or imaginary losses. some two or three days since, his vessel received some damage, enough, he claims, to amount to general average, and he entered his protest accordingly.

Among the other damages he claims the vessel sustained, are injuries to her bottom, and a superfluous amount of water in her hold as the result. He desired to proceed with vessel to her port of destination, and after discharging the cargo, either have her "hauled" out there or return here. To this the agents demurred and insisted that if the schooner received any damage, the repairs should be made before leaving the port. If the loss should prove to be a general average, they were then ready to settle.

Language more forcible than elegant, was used by the captain, in showing up his side of the case. Words in fact which soon worked the user up to boiling heat, and when he reached that point he advanced the California argument, by pulling a six shooter.

A gentleman who was present as a listener suddenly recollected that there was a man around the corner whom he had business with, and without stopping to bid the party "good day," started.

After a time the captain was sufficiently appeased, to put up his "shooting stick" without doing any damage.

We refrain from giving the name of the "skipper," for his friends claim he is a kind hearted fellow, and that it was whiskey, not love, that got into his head.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues., April 23, 1872