The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 20, 1849

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The disappointment experienced by the whole town at the slowness of the Regatta, induced us yesterday to dismiss it in a very few brief words. On after consideration, a little more amplitude may be necessary. The Long Islanders had it all their own way - they met with no competition in any one of the pulling matches, save that of the Championship; and the money was paid away for a mere going over the ground. The Barriefield Tailor was beaten, or rather his boat was beaten. Owing to the usual delay attendant on things of this kind, the skiff built for him by the Messrs. Knapp for this especial race, was not finished until late in the day, and when put into the water, proved a total failure, being too long and too heavy. In this dilemma, poor Medley had no alternative but to give up the contest, or row with the best skiff he could procure at a moment's notice. He did the latter and got hold of an old thing which leaked fearfully, and as a matter of course stood no chance with his better-provided competitor, James Eccles, who with renewed health, proved a trump on the occasion. Though now an old'un, James Eccles is the most graceful waterman of the lake, and perhaps still the fastest. He merely played with his unfortunate competitor, and could have rowed away from him at any period of the race. Of the sailing matches, we positively know nothing, and care less. They are very slow things indeed.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 20, 1849