The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1845

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p.2 Messrs. Fowler & Hood, the worthy lessees, of the Kingston Marine Railway, have just laid down the keel of a large propeller for Capt. Patterson of this Town. This Propeller is to be launched next spring and is intended for the Lake & River Trade -the following are its dimensions: - 140 feet Keel, 24 do. Beam, 9 1/2 do. Depth of hold. The upper or main deck will be covered in from stem to stem, which will afford complete protection to the whole freight. We believe that the exposure of Canadian flour to the weather, on the open decks of schooners & barges, and on the wharves whilst undergoing transhipment is one great cause of the reduced figure at which that article is quoted in the British Market; the barrels are frequently saturated with water which on the long voyage across the Atlantic penetrates through to the Flour and sours it.

Capt. P.'s vessel will be rigged with one mast and propelled by a high-pressure engine of 140 horse power - the engine will be furnished from the Kingston Foundry. We have no doubt the Shipbuilders & Machinists will turn out a vessel, in all respects creditable to the Port of Kingston. [Chronicle]

To the Editor of the British Whig.

Sir, - Having seen in your last publication, that a vote of censure had been passed upon me for "improperly interfering" in the First Class Yacht Race, at the last Regatta, I beg, through your columns, to offer a few remarks in my defence.

In the first place, I started with my Scow, in the Scow and Woodboat Race, which was a distinct race from the Yacht Race, although we were all started at the same time. I let all the others take the lead, and though asked by several on board, to up anchor, I did not do so till all the other boats were under weigh and ahead of me, thereby giving no cause for complaint to any party.

The Petrel took the lead, and kept it too, and rounded the 1st buoy, immediately ahead of me but a few yards, and if I had pleased, I might then have put her out of sailing order for that day, by running into her stern; but not wishing to do anything unfair, I put about again, and gave the Mary Ann a chance of coming round without my taking her wind, the Petrel still being ahead of us both. In a short time after this, and before rounding the 2nd buoy, I came about, and then saw the Mary Ann in the act of doing so too, a little way astern, and I remarked to several persons who stood near me, that "I was sorry I had done so then, as it might give the Mary Ann cause for complaint," but I do not think it injured her way. The other boats that started in the Scow race with us, I think turned back, seeing no chance of outsailing me, and I kept on, partly for the purpose of winning my own race, which I did, and partly to see what the Petrel could do, as I had a bet with her, to come off on the following day. I could have outsailed them both if I pleased, and did not spread all my canvass, being content with winning the race in which I was concerned, and feeling confident that I should beat the Petrel on the following day, - which, by way, she did not give me a chance of doing, but went away in rather a shabby manner the same evening.

I have adhered (in my opinion) to the rules laid down in the Regatta Bill, and if I did anything contrary to them I regret it, and feel sorry that any losing parties should feel so sore about it as to give vent to their feelings upon the head of one who possessed a craft of superior sailing qualities.

In conclusion, all I have to say is, that I care not for the vote of censure or for the parties who passed it, but I do not wish to let pass unnoticed any petty exhibition of feeling, which, coming from such a source, might cause those who do not know me to entertain a bad opinion of me.

I am, Sir,

Your obliged servant,

Coleman Hinckley.

Wolfe Island, 1st Oct., 1845.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1845