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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 13, 1848

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Second Day - Tuesday morning was ushered in with a bright sun and smart breeze, holding out the expectation of a glorious Sailing Match. The wind was pretty steady all day about N.N.W., affording very smooth water along the Bay shore.

At two o'clock, the signal being given, away they all went for the buoy off Dillon's tavern, in beautiful style, every boat under reefed sails and apparently as much as they could carry. The Gazelle for a short time sported her gaff topsail, which made her reel, and threatened to carry away her topmast. However, it soon came down again. They rounded the buoy and bore eastward for the buoy off Privat's. While on this tack the Shark took the lead, having made direct for the proper buoy, while the Undine, and the rest after her, made a small mistake and thereby lost a little time. The Undine in this stretch made beautiful way, bidding fair to be first, but the Shark held on till this buoy was rounded, first by her, second by Undine, third the Queen, fourth the Gazelle, followed by the Albacore, the Storm, and Saucy Jack. The Storm here met with an unfortunate accident which might have had a far more serious result. A quantity of ballast had been taken out the night before, and the parties on board had shaken out their reefs. She could not stand this, so with a sharp puff of wind over she went, and then went down. One gentleman who was on board struck out for the land, the other two got hold of the topmast and held fast till they were taken off by the Saucy Jack and Albacore. These two boats, as well as the Indian Queen, in consequence of the delay caused by this accident, lost all the chance they might otherwise have had of the race.

The other four boats first named, headed by the Belle Louise, were working up meanwhile to pass the buoy opposite the windmill. The Undine and Gazelle soon outsripped the Shark and the Queen, and the race afterwards lay between those two. The Belle Louise rounded the buoy first, the Gazelle close after, followed at no great distance by the Undine; from this down to the Lake buoy was a beautiful run all along the shore past the bar buoy and garrison wharf, the Undine gradually gaining on the Gazelle, the water being very smooth though there was a good capful of wind all the time. The Gazelle did not round this buoy by any means so close as she ought, while the Undine came foul of it. However, as they came round it, the bowsprit of the latter was almost over the stern sheets of the Gazelle, each endeavouring to get the weather gage, and the little Belle Louise was close up to them both. As far as we could judge at this moment all the other boats had either given up, or were where Col. Kelly placed Eclipse's opponents. At this moment the crew of the Undine endeavoured to get up their sails, something however got foul, then their halyards gave way and in one minute all was confusion about her rigging. By this unfortunate accident she lost every chance of the race which up to that moment might have been considered even, leaving every thing hollow to the Gazelle. This latter boat unreefed her jib and after two or three tacks came up to the buoy off the garrison wharf beautifully, and directly bore away for the buoy off Dillon's followed by the little Belle Louise in capital style. While on this course the Gazelle set her gaff-topsail which told magnificently upon her, and soon widened the distance between her and her little follower. From this buoy to the starting place was a remarkably swift run.

The two first class boats of the bay were, as far as could be seen, the Undine and the Gazelle - their respective merits appears to be that the former would probably excel the latter in smooth water, a moderate breeze and going free, her best point appearing to be before the wind; - the latter walks away in rougher water, blowing fresh and beating up.

Of the second class boats the Belle Louise came in alone, having distanced all her competitors by long odds.

Of the third class or open boats the Firefly came in first, but we understand that she is not considered as having taken the prize in consequence of the Indian Queen having gone, almost opportunely, to the assistance of the crew of the Storm, she being at the time considerably in advance and to the windward of the Firefly. They are both capital boats of their class.

The pleasures of the day were sadly marred by the various accidents which occurred, the upsetting of the Storm, involving the throwing so many boats out of the race, the injury to the bowsprit of the Albatross which put her hors de combat, and the vexatious giving way of the tackling and cordage of the Undine, thereby putting an end to the race between, as we believe, the two most equally matched boats in the harbour.

The wharves and shores were studded as thickly as they could hold with "folk," while Front-street, from its eastern extremity to the Garrison wharf was crowded with carriages, all watching the busy and exciting moving scene on the blue waters spread out so smoothly and brightly before them. [Patriot]

p.2 Schooner Scotland - The 3-masted schooner Scotland lies sunk, with a cargo of wheat, at the mouth of the Beauharnois Canal. The Scotland is the second schooner which has made the attempt to navigate the St. Lawrence below Prescott. The Allan Gilmour was the 1st, and successfully accomplished the trip.

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 13, 1848