The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1877

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p.3 Forgery - ticket agent for N.T. Company at Oswego involved.

MARINE -the only vessel passing down through the Welland Canal was the schooner H. Roney, Bay City, Garden Island, timber.

Calling at Swift's: Corsican, for Montreal; Oswegatchie, from Ogdensburg; Oswego Belle, from Oswego; Garden City, from Chicago; Algerian, from Hamilton; D.C. West, from Westport.

-Seamen's wages at Chicago to the lower lakes are $1. Saturday night the crews of several vessels about to leave for Lake Ontario ports struck for $1.25. The Hippograff, for Kingston, the Riverside and the Abbie L. Andrews shipped new crews at $1.

Oswego Palladium: Capt. Muir, of the bark Acorn, an American bottom, cleared from Bay City to Oswego with timber. He unloaded the timber at Kingston and came on to Oswego and reported to the officer on the dock, from whom he also took a clearance for an upper lake port. When about to clear Monday a deputy from the Custom House came down and told the captain that there was some irregularity about his clearance from above, and that he would have to pay $98 tonnage dues. Capt. Muir said he cleared just as he did all last summer and just as every other vessel does, but finally went up and saw Collector Root, who told him that the trouble was that Bay City was a "by port," and he ought to have gone to Port Huron and there got his clearance, and that his clearance should have been issued by some officer other than a deputy. Capt. Muir answered that he was cleared by a deputy at Oswego, and he did not see why the same rule wouldn't work at Bay City. Mr. Root rather insisted on payment, but Capt. Muir consulted a lawyer, who advised him to sail when he got ready, and upon another interview with Mr. Root, the Collector decided that the thing was in such a muddle that he couldn't straighten it out. So Capt. Muir sailed Monday night and didn't have to pay tonnage dues either.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1877