The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 5, 1850

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To the Editor of the British Whig.

Sir, - For the information of persons interested in yachting matters I send to you a list of Yachts and Sail-boats owned and afloat this year in Kingston: they are as follows-

Name Tons Name Tons

Hochelaga 20 Jessie 5

Jenny Lind 15 Nautilus 5

Foam 12 Petrel 5

Tempest 12 Crispin 5

Pearl 6 ----- 5

Shamrock 6 Seagull 5

Rover 5 Gazelle 4

Breeze 5 Iris 4

Tecumseh 5 Midge 4

Golden Arrow 5 Odd-fellow 4

Sans Souci 5 Gipsey Queen 3

Eliza 5 Waterwitch 3

In all 24 boats measuring 153 tons - The above numbers contain merely an approximation to the true measurements, but I think they are not over stated - there may also be other boats, the names of which may have been accidentally omitted. The value of these boats cannot be much under £2000, and they occasion an annual expenditure of at least £200 to keep them in their present state of efficiency.

As the season is now beginning to draw towards a close, it behoves those who are fond of aquatics to take the steps necessary for the getting up of our annual regatta, that is, if we are to have one this season; and it would be a pity with such a fleet of boats to do nothing: to make a commencement I would suggest that the boat owners should subscribe among themselves and purchase a handsome silver cup to be run for by all the subscribers on the method of giving time for tonnage - say a half minute per ton: the cup would cost £12 10s or thereabouts, which a contribution of 12s 6d each boat would cover. This race would if I am not much mistaken excite more emulation and afford greater sport than any thing of the kind which we have already had, and it would have the additional good effect of sustaining the interest of boat racing and keeping the subject alive in our minds, inasmuch as the prize is not money, easily spent and forgotten, but remains a lasting memorial of the race, creditable alike to the winners of the contest and the builder of the successful boat.

Kingston, Sept. 5th, 1850.


Kingston Imports.

Sept. 3rd - Str. Cataract, Lewiston, gen. cargo.

Schr. Merchant, Oswego, no cargo.

Sept. 4th - Schr. Hope, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Str. Northerner, French Creek, passengers and baggage.

Schr. Sorel, Montreal, 1050 bars railway iron, H. & S. Jones.


Sept. 3rd - Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Sept. 4th - Str. Northerner, Oswego, gen. cargo.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 5, 1850