The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 May 1909

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Amherstburg, May 12th - Moses Brantford, a marine cook, and a staunch union man, received three telegrams from Cleveland, asking him to join the Princeton's crew when the boat went by here. "Will ship." Brantford responded, but he never intended to set foot on the vessel so long as she shipped with a non-union crew. Late last night when the Princeton slowed down in the river, Brantford paddled out in a row boat with two friends. A ladder was lowered for him. Then Brantford and his friends took off and regaled the crew with remarks as to what they thought of "scabs." Brantford alleges that a member of the crew fired three shots over his head.



The steamer Ida E. is unloading coal at Anglin's.

The steamer Jeska cleared for Owsego for coal on Tuesday.

The schooner Acacia is unloading coal from Oswego at Booth's.

The steamer Sowards is unloading coal from Oswego at Soward's.

The schooner Ford River is at Crawford's with coal from Oswego.

The tug Thomson arrived at the M.T. Co. with light barges today.

The steamer J.H. Plummer touched for a pilot on her way to Montreal today.

The steamer John Randall cleared for Oswego today to load coal for the Rideau.

The steamer Neepawah is due today from Fort William with grain for the M.T. Co.

Swift's: schooner Keewatin from Oswego; schooner Cornelia cleared for Oswego; steamer Dundurn up tonight; steamer Aletha from bay points.

Lake Ontario is one and three-fourths inches lower than the average April stage of the past ten years, and twenty-two inches lower than in April last year.


Judge Hodgins, of the admiralty court, Toronto, has given judgement in favor of the plaintiffs, in the case of the Lake Ontario & Bay of Quinte Navigation company vs. Mrs. Fulford, of Brockville. The case was tried in March, and lasted the greater part of a week. The Kingston company sued Mrs. Fulford for damage done to the steamer Caspian, through her steamyacht, the Magedoma, backing into it near Swift's wharf last summer. The judge found the Brockville yacht to blame for the accident and has awarded the owners of the Caspian $160.76 damages. The counter claim of Mrs. Fulford against the plaintiff company was dismissed.


The Fine Catch Made By A Schooner.

The schooner Ford River, Captain Chauncey Daryaw, came in here, Saturday noon, with an unexpected and unintentional cargo of fresh fish. After she had been moored over at the Lackawanna trestle it was noticed that there was a fine big tangle of lines, large and small and a few buoys under her forefoot and an investigation was made. When the stuff was hauled inboard it proved to be a few hundred yards of fishnet containing some pretty fine specimens of about all the different fish that swim in Lake Ontario. The fish were naturally very dead having been yanked through the water for forty or fifty miles but they were in fine condition and made a fine feast for the various boats that were at the trestle over Sunday.

The Ford River came here from Kingston and it is supposed that she picked up the nets somewhere off the Galops where a lot of fishing is done. [Oswego Times]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 May 1909