The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Notes among the Sailors
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 12 Jun 1882

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The North Star Crew— a Question of Revenue Law– The Blazing Star

The schooner North Star has always paid union wages. Her crew heretofore consisted of two union men and a boy, besides the captain, mate and cook. Saturday night, before leaving Toronto, the two union men got aboard and told the captain to get another union man or they would go ashore. The captain refused to hire another man, and the union sailors went ashore. The captain, mate and cook brought the schooner here, arriving this morning at 6 a.m. The captain says his schooner carries but 10,000 bu., that schooners carrying 20,000 bu. have but four men, and also that his schooner is tight, making pumping unnecessary, and that therefore he ought not to be compelled to carry more than two men. He will probably go out without any addition to his crew.

The Canadian tug Caribou, from Montreal to Fair Haven, stopped here Saturday and left one of her tow of barges in Mitchell and Gallagher’s dock to stop a leak, while she went on with the rest of the tow. She returned yesterday for the barge, but it being claimed that she would be liable to a fine of $125 if she cleared from Oswego to Fair Haven, she waited for a decision on that point. She can evade it by clearing direct for Montreal, which is her port of destination, and may then stop at Fair Haven. She has so cleared, we understand.

President Skillen of the Oswego branch of the seamen’s union say the Blazing Star which left here Saturday refusing to ship a crew at $2 a day, union wages here, and expected to ship one at the canal at $1.50, union wages there, has not been heard from, but he knows it was fixed so she couldn’t get a crew there.

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12 Jun 1882
Richard Palmer
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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Notes among the Sailors