The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), September 11, 1856

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RIOT AT COLLINGWOOD - On Tuesday a telegram message was received from Collingwood requesting the aid of our Rifle Company to assist in the arrest of some sailors at that place. It appears that one of the crew of the Schooner Malta had been taken in custody for a misdemeanour of some kind, and whilst locked up the remainder of the crew rallied and forcibly released him. They were armed with knives and revolvers, and having took their vessel bid defiance at all attempts to arrest them, hence the call for our Rifle Company. About 20, with their officers at once repaired to Collingwood, but the sailors had sniffed the breeze and made preparations for a retreat. They secured a boat, supplied it with a compass and provisions and took to sea. The Officers of the Company, assisted by W. B. Hamilton, Esq., took the soldiers in pursuit, supposing they had taken refuge on the islands contiguous to the harbour, and scoured them from side to side, without discovering the miscreants, and after much fatigue returned without having the satisfaction of catching the Tartars. The Officers in command , speak highly of the discipline and conduct of the Corps. That such outlaws should go unpunished is a matter of regret; but we opine they will not again run the risk of setting the law at defiance within the precincts of our Rifle Brigade. The incident is a strong evidence of the value of local protection, such as is afforded by voluntary services and should be valued accordingly. We find two of the men were secured, and are now in custody.

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), September 11, 1856