The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 16, 1848

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p.2 Railroad to Lake Ontario - at Oswego almost completed; might affect business on Lake Ontario. [N.Y. Herald]


Yesterday was the great day of the Kingston Regatta. In spite of the heavy rain of Thursday, the morning though lowering and squally, was exceedingly propitious for boat racing. The wind being off the shore, there was no sea, and there was enough of wind to render the sailing matches very interesting. About 12 o'clock things began to move. The Magnet and Prince of Wales having been kindly displaced at the disposal of the public, they were greatly crowded with well dressed visitors, and during the whole of the day sailed about the harbor. We have been requested by several of our friends to convey the expression of their warmest thanks to Captains Sutherland and Chrysler, for their extreme kindness on this occasion. Indeed, the Kingtonese are under great obligation to these obliging gentlemen, and they may rest assured, that the occasion will be long remembered. The Stewards and the Band of the 20th Regiment were on board the Magnet. The following were the directions given, with regard to the


The course will be marked with three buoys. Boats of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Classes will start from moorings, opposite the Queen's Wharf, the choice of berths being first decided by lot; and will sail round the first buoy off Long Island - from thence round the second buoy off Four Mile Point; from thence round the third buoy off Ferris' Point, and from thence to the starting point. Boats of the 4th Class will start from the same point, sail round buoy No. 2, thence to the starting point. All boats in rounding the buoys, will keep each buoy on the starboard hand.

At a little after twelve o'clock, the following vessels were started in very handsome style, from off the Queen's Wharf.


First Class.

Jenny Lind Mr. Collins.

Tempest Mr. Pidgeon.

Marianne Mr. Rutherford.

Foam Mr. Baird, Rifle Brigade.

Inconstant Mr. Radcliffe, XXth Regt.

Second Class.

Foam Mr. Baird, Rifle Brigade.

Papoose Lt. Davis, R.N.

Tempest Mr. Pidgeon.

Inconstant Mr. Radcliffe, XXth Regt.

The first race was very spiritedly contested between the Jenny Lind and the Marianne. The former won the race by a mere length. The second race was won by the Inconstant, the Foam coming in second. In the meanwhile, the following other vessels were started for the 3rd and 4th class prizes, viz.:

Third Class.

Iris Mr. Rowlands.

Sans Souci Mr. Burrowes.

Ada Mr. Leamon.

Golden Arrow Mr. Osborne.

Odd Fellow Mr. Offord.

Nautilus Mr. Chambers.

Jessie Mr. Fowler.

Eliza Mr. Fisher.

Surge Capt. Paynter, R.A.

Fourth Class.

Queen Mr. Burniston.

New Era Mr. Gildersleeve.

Sea Lark Mr. Grist.

Agnes Mr. Cunningham.

Gazette Mr. Walker, Rifle Brigade.

Devil May Care Mr. Howard.

Dread Mr. Morrisette.

The third sailing match was won by the Ada, an American boat; the Sans Souci coming in second; and the fourth sailing match was won by the Queen, the Dread coming in second. Most of the other boats were nowhere.

The following was the published order, in which the rowing matches were to proceed.


Six Oar Keel Boats.

Blue Bird Mr. Oades (Club).

General Wolfe Wolfe Island Regatta.

Four-Oar Keel Boats.

Blue Bird Mr. Oades.

Picaninni Lt. Davis, R.N.

General Wolfe Wolfe Island Reg. Club.

General Brock Mr. Cameron.

Two-Oar Keel Boats.

Picaninni Lt. Davis, R.N.

General Brock Mr. Cameron.

Firefly do. do.

Race For Championship.

Dart Mr. Medley.

Fire Fly Mr. Cameron.

Cow Wolfe Island Regatta Club.

2nd Skiff Race.

Better Late Than Never Mr. Baird, R.B.

Cow W.I. Regatta Club.

Fire Fly Mr. Cameron.

3rd Skiff Race.

Engineer Cameron.

Experiment Henry Crawford.

he first race was remarkably well contested between a Long Island boat and a boat from French Creek; the Long Islanders beating by two lengths. Of the second race our reporter could learn no particulars. The third race was won by the Fire Fly; but all these boats seemed to go different distances. In the race for the championship of the Bay, the Long Islanders put forth their strength in a good old one, Mr. Lambert, but he was easily beaten by a young fellow from Green Bay, called James Medley. Of the two last races our reporter could learn nothing.

On the whole, the Sports of the Day, which were over by four o'clock, gave very general satisfaction, and the town is greatly indebted to the managers and stewards for a day's pleasure in which all partook.

Rochester Life Guards - are delayed by steamer Cataract going ashore in fog of Wednesday morning; not having time to land they paraded on deck while passing wharf.





Capt. J. Dawson,

From the 13th Sept., will leave Kingston for Cape Vincent, every Wednesday and Thursday at 7 o'clock, P.M., from E. Browne & Co.'s Wharf.


Will leave Cape Vincent for Kingston, on Thursday and Friday mornings, at 3 o'clock.

For Freight or Passage, apply to the Captain on board.

By order of the Committee,


Kingston, September 13th, 1848.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 16, 1848