The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Row on the Wharf
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 6 Jun 1874

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Row on the Wharf

Yesterday afternoon two seamen, John Irvine and William Legg, boarded the schooner Jennie Mullin, for the purpose of shipping. Shortly after they wee approached by Dennis Dorcy and William Sterling, two seamen belonging to the vessel, and accused them of trying to cut wages down from $1.50 to $1.25 per day. Hard words ensued, and finally Dorcy rained several blows upon Irvine, who was seated on the rail, with his back to the water.

The third blow struck by Dorcy knocked Irvine overboard, and he fell to the river, between the dock and vessel. The coal trimmers who were engaged in loading the vessel, saw Irvine fall, promptly went to his rescue and pulled him just as he was going down under the vessel's bow.

When Legg saw the treatment his ship-mate had received he left the vessel, followed by Sterling, and the two raced up the dock to Cayuga street, where Legg wheeled and picked up a piece of coal and shied it at Sterling. In a moment afterward the two met, clinched and fought until separated by spectators.

Dorcy and Sterling, who, in the meantime had been discharged by the captain of the Mullen, were arrested, taken before the recorder,and fined - the former $10 or 10 days, and the latter $20 or 40 days.

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6 Jun 1874
Personal Name(s):
Irvine, John ; Legg, William ; Dorcy, Dennis ; Sterling, William
Richard Palmer
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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Row on the Wharf