The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Dec 1895

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The Erie Belle's Captain.

Niagara Falls, Dec. 5th - Donald Manson, captain of the schr. Erie Belle, has been arrested, charged with attempting to defraud his crew of four men of their wages. The schooner brought a load of pulpwood to the port of Niagara Falls, N.Y. After discharging the cargo the crew wanted their wages, but the captain said he could not pay as he had no funds. After his arrest on the American side he secured bonds and was released. He took the schooner across the river to Chippewa, Ontario, and tied her up there. The four seamen followed and had him arrested, and took proceedings under the Canadian seamen's act for the recovery of their wages. The case was called before magistrate Logan. Judgement was entered against the captain. The counsel for the men threatened to seize the schooner and sell her to satisfy the judgement. The Bank of Toronto finally came to the rescue of the captain, and advanced the amount, $550, and the men were paid off. The proceedings on the American side are declared off.

p.4 Plenty of Ice - Colchester, Dec. 6th - The lake from this point as far as the eye can reach is covered with ice. A steam barge with two consorts in tow, all loaded and bound up, are fast a little east of Colchester light with little prospects of releasing themselves. Large boats without consorts seem to work through all right as yet. The strs. City of Cleveland, Ionia and Hope with consort, which were fast in the ice at Bar Point all night, were released by tugs at noon today.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Dec 1895