The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Jun 1904

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Attacked When Off Port Huron.

Milwaukee, Wis., June 14th - John Corrigan, part owner of the Corrigan fleet of steamers, reached Milwaukee yesterday on the steamer Urania and barge Polynesia with coal cargoes. He told of his experience with an attacking party while the vessels were passing Port Huron.

"The Urania was fired on at Port Huron as it was passing through last Tuesday night at about 11 o'clock, and an attempt was made to capture both myself and the chief engineer," said Mr. Corrigan. "Captain Andrew Gaines, who was in command of the boat, did not have ammunition for the magazine shotgun and repeating rifle that he had on board, otherwise there would have been several dead men in the party."

"We had no trouble leaving Buffalo, and anticipated none, otherwise, we would have been fully prepared for what followed. As we were passing through Port Huron I could see the mob gathering on both sides. Suddenly there was a scattering fire of shots, but Captain Gaines paid little attention. Just at that moment I went to the rear of the vessel with the chief engineer to adjust the hawser of the Polynesia which we were towing. Just as I got there I saw the flash of a gun within a few feet of me on the shore.

I have not the slightest doubt that the attacking party was led by the striking mates, as our departure was telegraphed on to Port Huron."

Western Star Held Up.

Detroit, June 14th - The new steamer Western Star, which left here Friday on her maiden trip and loaded with coal for Duluth at Toledo, was stopped here on her way north yesterday and the United States customs officers took her papers away. It is charged that the vessel had a captain but no mates, while the law requires her to carry two mates. The Western Star is owned by M.J. Cummings, of Oswego, N.Y., and Capt. Patrick Griffin, who was sailing her.

p.2 Police Court - Disorderly Conduct On A Steamer - results of fighting on steamer America.



Booth's wharf: schooner Voges from Oswego with coal.

Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria up last night.

The schooner Luff is discharging coal at Rockwood wharf.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Rutherford from Oswego with coal.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Highland Beauty from Wellington with grain.

Swift's wharf: steamer Kingston down and up; schooner Acacia due tonight from Oswego with coal.

M.T. company wharf: tug Emerson from Charlotte with two coal laden barges, and cleared for Montreal.

The Ramona, of the Thousand Island Steamboat company's fleet, will be placed in commission on June 16th.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Jun 1904