Location: norCal (central valley)
|Ken Jones wrote:
|Passengers Hog Tie Skipper On Launch
Long Beach, July 30.—When the fishing boat Eagle returned to the Pine Avenue Pier yesterday afternoon, after a trip to the fishing banks off Newport Beach with a large number of passengers aboard, Ben Denslow, owner and captain of the launch, was bound hand and foot and tied down to the floor of the boat.
The passengers told an unusual story of a terrific fight on the launch eight miles off Newport Beach, and this story was confirmed as to general facts by Gus Griffiths, who was at the wheel during the voyage and who could not have left the pilot house to assist Captain Denslow, had he so desired, because of a guard of nine passengers.
Denslow was bound and tied down, following a general fight which is said to have followed an argument between the captain and a passenger over the use of a fish line. The words “d… liar” were passed and then, Denslow alleges, the passenger struck him.
According to the boat captain other passengers restrained him from retaliating.
—Santa Ana Register, July 30, 1918
Neat story. Thanks for sharing