The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 6, 1851

Full Text



Leaving the object witnessed on terra firma, let us for a little attend to the movements of our water-loving friends, on the clear bosom of the noble St. Lawrence. There, on the light curling wave, like the sleeping albatross, rested tiny vessels with unfurled sails, ready for the race, as if to show they had acted on the recommendation of the poet, and

"Learned of the Nautilus how to sail."

A scow (what a name for a vessel) was moored off Webster's wharf, which indicated both the starting point and goal, a buoy being fixed on the opposite of the river where the turn downwards was to be taken, another buoy being fixed a considerable distance below on the same side, round which the vessels had to sail, and make for a third buoy moored on the Canadian side, which having rounded, the vessels had then to make for the place from whence they started, and this, being repeated a second time, ended the race.

For the prize for first class boats four started, viz.: the

Foam - H. Wood, Kingston;

Tempest - P.H. Pigeon, Kingston;

Golden Arrow - W.J. Dick, Kingston;

Bloomer - W.B. McLean, Brockville.

In the first turn, the Bloomer, as she is, showed her poles to some advantage, being the first to reach the scow, but in the second turn, by her commander making an unfavorable tack, the Tempest came rushing round the scow three minutes twenty-four seconds in advance of the Bloomer; the other two being non est inventi. Although the Tempest gained the scow so much in advance of the Bloomer, yet the race is disputed, and we think justly, the commander of the former refusing to ask her measurement from her real depth, insisting that she should be measured from a false bottom above her ballast.

For the second class boat race three started, the

Golden Arrow, entered for both classes,

Faugh-a-ballaugh, E. Hubbell, Brockville,

Wave, J. Hall, Maitland.

Although entered separately as first and second class boats, and the prize in each case being different, yet all the boats entered for both races started at the same time. The scene was exciting, and as the boats fell into place their appearance was truly beautiful. In the contest for the second class prize the sturdy Faugh-a-ballaugh took the lead, and it soon became pretty evident that her commander was determined to keep it, and even though the Wave danced merrily, and the other went

"Straight as an Arrow from a bow,"

yet the Faugh-a-ballaugh went ahead, and came in the winner by a long chalk. The Wave, however, managed to save her distance and her entrance fee at the same time.

Now came the tug of war, so far as the proceedings of the Regatta were concerned; we allude to the rowing match between the Arrow from Prescott, and the Reindeer of Brockville. Each of the boats pulled twelve oars, the crew of the Prescott boat being distinguished by red shirts, while those belonging to the Brockville boat wore white ones, and a really picturesque appearance they presented. The distance rowed was two miles, and the thews and sinews of the gallant fellows were pretty well tested in the contest. Capt. Griffith of the Reindeer, like a sensible man, did not say much in relation to the contest, before the match was decided, but, like the Highlandman's crow, he had his own thoughts, and these thoughts convinced him that unless judgement was exercised there might be chance of his boat coming off second-best. He was aware, however, that his men, at bottom could not be surpassed, and as they bent to their oars with a hearty good will, a smile played upon his face, which plainly demonstrated that all was right - and it was so, for the Reindeer came easily and smoothly to the winning point a little ahead of the Arrow. This race did not satisfy the Prescott boys, and a private match agreed on previously, came off on Friday, but the Reindeer and her energetic crew were too many for the Arrow and her willing men, the Reindeer reached her destined point more in advance of her adversary than on the previous day. The result of each race was hailed by loud and enthusiastic cheering. [Recorder]


3rd - Schr. Robert Bruce, South Bay, 20 cords firewood, S.B. Salamatur.

Barge Thames, Quebec, 550 bars railroad iron, Calvin & Cook.

Str. Ontario, Oswego, mixed cargo.

4th - Str. Cataract, Oswego, mixed cargo.


3rd - Schr. Ellen Bronson, Oswego, 55,000 feet sawed lumber.

Schr. Sophia, Hamilton, 107 tons pig iron.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Original:
Oct. 6, 1851
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Rick Neilson
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 6, 1851