The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1879

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The Contest Between the Ella and the Katie Gray.

Our readers are acquainted with the facts connected with the race which will come off tomorrow, in this harbour, between the yachts Ella, of Oswego, and Katie Gray of Belleville, both of which arrived yesterday. A great deal of interest appears to be centred in the contest, which will be witnessed by many from the two places from which the yachts hail, beside our own aquatic community. The history of the two boats may be summarized.

The yacht Ella was built at Ithaca on Cayuga Bay, New York State, in the Fall of 1877, by Mr. Walter Burley, for Mr. Lyman Warren, a rising barrister of that place. It was built after the New York model of the river yachts, and was looked upon by the residents of that lake as the fastest and prettiest one among the many. She is at present owned by Nelson Stone, ship chandler and merchant of Oswego, N.Y. She has a 35 foot keel, and a beam of 13 feet, and is registered at a fraction over nineteen tons, but is generally looked upon as a twenty ton yacht. At the race tomorrow she will be under the charge of Capt. George Best, sailing master. The crew is composed of Messrs. Haggerty, Cummings, Gilleen, Ames, Lowery and Hawley. In the fall of 1878 she ran a race with the Surprise at Oswego and defeated her. Again last summer the Ella run with a number of Canadian yachts at Brockville, but was defeated by the Victorine and several others. She is accompanied by the Magic, owned by Mr. A. Ames, son of Mr. Leonard Ames, of the Iron Works, Oswego. The Katie Gray was built by Capt. Cuthbert, of Cobourg, in 1875, for Mr. W.H. Campbell, of Belleville, being the second boat made by Capt. Cuthbert, the first being the Surprise. Her keel is 27 feet, her beam 10 feet 6 inches. She rates a little less than ten tons, but is reckoned as ten tons. Her crew is composed of Capt. D. Clewa, Brighton, sailing master; Messrs. J. Maylee, C. Campbell, D. Dewsbury, T. Howe and D. Sullivan. The length of the course is said by the Katie Gray to be for 30 nautical miles, which is equal to 35 English miles. The Oswego men contend that the course is for 30 ordinary miles. The match is for $250 a side, the Ella to allow the Katie Gray the difference in times for her tonnage, which is about ten minutes. Ex-Senator Matoon acts as judge for the Ella, and Mr. G. Offord, of Kingston, will act for the Katie Gray.

p.3 Disabled - The steamer Hastings, on her trip up the Bay of Quinte on Saturday night, had her engine so disabled that she had to return to this city. She is now receiving repairs at the Kingston Foundry. In consequence of the accident she did not make her advertised trip to Rochester today.

Welland Canal - Port Dalhousie, 12th - Bound Up: Schrs. J.H. Breck, Kingston, Lake Superior, light; Niagara, Kingston, Goderich; Orient and Siberia, Kingston, Sault Ste. Marie, light; Norway and Bismark, Kingston, Sault Ste. Marie, light.

The Oswego Belle - excursion to Alexandria Bay.

Wind Wafts - The sch. Oliver Mowat loads grain at Toledo for Kingston.

The schr. Henry Folger loads coal for Chicago at 85 cents.

At Milwaukee, the barge Sligo takes wheat to Kingston at 4 cents.

The Garden Island brig H. Rooney, loaded at Chatham, went hard aground near Peche Island, while boating down. She was not wrecked this time, either, but her name is bound to be in print.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1879