- The Ainoko was seized sixteen miles southwest of Copper Island by the Russian man-of-war Yakout. The vessel was in command of Capt. George Heater, and for five days prior to her seizure had been unable to secure an observation. In running on dead reckoning a strong current had set the vessel in toward Copper Island. When the fog lifted, Captain Heater realized his position, made all sail and started away from the prohibited territory. A light wind and heavy sea prevented his escape, and on the evening of the twenty-first he was overhauled by the Yakout, which seized his papers and ordered the vessel to report to the British consul at Yokohama. He proceeded to obey, but the fifteen Indians on board refused to submit, and, as there were but four whites, Captain Heater was obliged to return to Victoria. He landed the Indians at Hesquiot and then proceeded to Victoria, where the case was heard before Justice Crease, who rendered a decision in favor of the schooner, and she was accordingly cleared. E. W. Wright, A Brief History of the British Columbia Sealing Industry, Lewis & Dryden's Marine History of the Pacific Northwest. New York: An
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