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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 23, 1884

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The schr. W. Elgin left for Fairhaven today with a cargo of ore.

The yacht Verve has reached Chicago. She is owned by P. Armour.

The steambarge Nile and the barge Bedford have arrived with wood from Trenton.

It will require $10,000 to make repairs to the prop. California, which ran ashore in Lake Superior.

The tug Thompson has left for Montreal with five barges carrying 100,000 bush. of corn and peas.

The sloop Minnie has the contract to deliver forty loads of sand in this city for stone masons. The sand comes from the south side of Wolfe Island and up the Bay of Quinte. The vessel carries about fifty tons at a load.

The Hiram Calvin arrived with three of the K. & M.F. Co.'s barges from Montreal. They carried 4,000 bags of salt for A. Gunn & Co., 25 tons of glassware for Robertson Bros. and 25 tons of smith's coal for Swift & Co.

This morning T. Lewis was surprised to find, when he visited the Empire dry dock, that the spars had been taken out of Swift's hoister. They lay over her side. Mr. Lewis thinks that some persons pulled the spars out of her maliciously. There were suspicions that the dynamiters were at work, that the celebration committee had been experimenting, or that one of Frontenac ward's ex-members had designs upon the hoister as an institution for the cultivation of frogs.

Saturday's Yacht Race - Merlin, Amelia, Yolande, Wideawake and Hard Tack start but wind dies and race was not finished - details.

Late Local News - The raising of the barge Convoy will be started tomorrow.

p.3 Mr. Spencer's Sharpie - On Saturday afternoon when the third class yachts were getting into position for their race a peculiar craft passed up the harbour, carrying full sail and attracting the attention of those on the wharf by her speed. This was the new boat, built upon the model of most of those plying upon Long Island Sound, for L.B. Spencer, of the Dominion Lock Works. She is 30 feet 6 inches long, 6 ft. wide at the top and 5 ft. 6 in. at the bottom, is sharp forward, has two masts - one thirty feet long and one (the main one) 26 ft. long - carries a spread of 65 yards of canvass, in mutton leg sails, and draws but 6 inches of water. Her centre board is 8 feet long and two feet wide. Boats like this are all the rage at the Sound, and they are so fast that in late races they have been ruled out. If handled right they cannot be upset. That they are durable is evidenced by the fact that the sharpie built by Mr. Spencer at Long Island Sound twenty years ago is still in service and doing good service. Mr. Boldam was brought to the city and made Mr. Spencer's new boat. He has completed his contract satisfactorily. The yacht is of selected pine, decked in one-third, fitted with a running board, and has accommodation for 18 or 20 persons. The trip on Saturday showed that the boat is a good one and well adapted for service down the river, whither she goes when the Thousand Island attractions have been fairly opened. Mr. Spencer has a very pretty residence at the Park.

Accidents To Yachts - Belladonna broke spar; Kelpie lost bowsprit, Active had jib torn to pieces.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 23, 1884