The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 26, 1845

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Contrary to general expectation yesterday proved both fine and breezy, and the Regatta went off with much eclat. A large concourse of people from all parts attended, and every preparation was made to entertain them. The Royal Mail Steamer Princess Royal, was placed at the disposal of the public to enjoy the sports and the fine day together, a privilege properly appreciated, and largely partaken of; to which kindness Major Kenny, 71st Highlanders, was greatly pleased to add, by sending the Brass Band of his Regiment on board, where they staid until the races were over. -Messrs. McPherson & Crane very considerately ordered out their Steamer Beaver, which likewise was filled with delightful spectators. The Cataraqui Bridge, which overlooked both spheres of action was also crowded from one end of its long length to the other. As we shall doubtless obtain ere we go to press an authentic list of the Candidates and Winners, we shall not burden these our remarks with mere matters of detail. Referring our readers to the Secretary's account, we proceed.

The first Race was between two 12 oared galleys; a Yankee boat, the Wave, from Sackett's Harbor, and a Wolfe Island boat, the Banner, also pulled with 12 oars. This race was the most important of the whole Regatta, and was the worst managed. The start took place about Noon, off the Queen's Wharf, and the race was along the foot of the town, two miles towards the Penitentiary, there to end. The consequence was the spectators saw and enjoyed the start, and that was all. The race did not prove very interesting, for the Wolfe Islanders beat their opponents all to pieces, winning by several hundred yards, altho' the Wave was much the better galley. The 2d Race, between two six oared gigs, was also badly managed; for to make a race of three boats, the long galley belonging to the Islanders, was allowed to enter, to be pulled by six oars only, and her station being between the two real contending boats, one belonging to the Islanders, and the other to Hatters Bay, all she had to do, was to wait upon the latter boat, and prevent her from turning the buoys in time, thereby enabling the other Island boat to win with ease. This unfair proceeding sullied the whole fame of the Islanders, who from the appearance of themselves and boat, could have won the race, without jockeying. The third Race was the Skiff match, between the celebrated J. Eccles, of Wolfe Island, and a stranger from Montreal, who is said to be the best man of the river, below the Cascades, who was beaten very easily. The fourth Race was between two four oared Gigs, the Islanders again in their six oared Gig, pulled with two oars less and a boat belonging to Major Denny. This race was no contest, the Islanders carrying all before them again. The fifth race was between two skiffs, pulled with two oars each, and the competitors were an Island boat, and a far famed Montreal Skiff, the Pirate, pulled by two gentlemen from below. This race the Islanders would have lost, had they not known too much for their opponents. Each boat being allowed a steersman, the Island Skiff took one on board, while the Pirate took two stones in lieu to trim the skiff, having no need of any one to steer. Neither had the Islanders, but they wisely employed their steersman in jerking his body forwards at each pull of the oars, which greatly assisted in propelling the vessel onwards and won the race, by a couple of lengths. The sixth race was between three boats, all from the Navy Yard, sculled with one oar, and won easily. There was no Canoe race. The start was given by Colonel McKenzie Fraser, in a boat pulled by six oars. The Wolfe Islanders won every thing they entered for, and are probably the finest set of fellows in their line, on the North American waters.

Not having seen the Secretary since we began writing this account, and as the press like the tide will wait for no man, we can only say of the Sailing Matches what we saw. At one o'clock, the 2nd and 3rd class vessels started together, consisting of the Squaw, belonging to the Navy Yard, sailed by Lt. Davis; a boat from Coburg; The Sans Souci, belonging to Mr. Rutherford, of Kingston; and the Pilot, belonging to Dr. Anderson, 82nd Regt. The two first named competed for the 2nd class Prize, and the two latter for the 3d Class Prize. The distance to be sailed was about 16 miles, and the wind was strong from the west. About an hour after these vessels had started, the 1st Class boats, the Scows and Wood Boats had the start also given, and away they went the same course and distance as the others. Competing for the First Class Prize, were the Mary Anne, owned by Major Denny; a Yankee boat from French Creek; and a boat from Brockville; and competing for the 4th Class Prize, were Mr. Hitchcock's Ferry Boat, Mr. Hinckley's Scow, and another Scow, as a make weight. They all came in between five and six o'clock, and in the following order, viz: - 1st the Navy Boat, winning the Second Class Prize, and beating the Sans Souci by five minutes; 2nd the Yankee Boat, winning the First Class Prize, and beating all that had started with her; 4th Mr. Hinckley's Scow, winning the Scow Prize, and beating Major Denny's boat, the Brockville boat, and Mr. Hitchcock's Ferry boat - (it is said she could also have beaten the Yankee had she pleased); 3d the Sans Souci winning the 3rd Class Prize, and beating the Pilot, her competitor and the Coburg Boat. The Wolfe Islanders again won what they entered for, and thus ended the Kingston Bay Regatta.

Extracts from the Secretary's Book.

The Sailing Boats.

1st Class, Sail Boats - The Mary Anne, Major Denny; Mr. Oade's Petrel, Mr. Sherwood's Dart. Won by the Petrel.

2nd Class, Sail Boats - Lieut. Davis' Squaw, Mr. Rutherford's Sans Souci. Won by the Squaw.

3rd Class Boats - Mr. Rutherford's Sans Souci, Mr. Collin's Meteor, and Dr. Anderson's Pilot. Won by the Sans Souci.

4th Class, Open Boats - Mr. Denny's 71st Shamrock; Sergt. Dalgleich's Gipsy; Mr. Innis's Rover's Bride. Won by the Rover's Bride.

5th Class, Scow and Wood Boats - Mr. Hinckley's Ferry, Mr. Hitchcock's Farmer, Mr. Ryan's Red Bird. Won by Mr. Hinckley's Scow.

The Row Boats.

1st Class, 12 Oared Galleys - Mr. Cameron's Banner, and Mr. Brook's Wave. Won by the Banner.

2nd Class, 6 Oared Gigs - Mr. Cameron's Henry Draper, Mr. Bennett's Black Snake, and Mr. Cameron's Banner. Won by the Henry Draper.

3rd Class, 4 Oared Gigs - Mr. Cameron's Rob Roy, alias the Henry Draper, and Major Denny's Jenny Deans. Won by the Rob Roy.

4th Class, 2 Oared Boats - Mr. Cameron's Firefly, and Mr. Shaw's Pirate. Won by the Firefly.

5th Class, Skiffs - Mr. Eccle's Flirt, and Mr. Shaw's. Won by Flirt.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 26, 1845