The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 23, 1884

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p.3 Something About The Yacht Joe - The yacht Joe which has arrived at Ottawa, and over which there has been some talk, was brought to Kingston some time ago by Wm. Arnoldi, the mechanical engineer of the government. Mr. Arnoldi had not the bill of sale, and so the Customs' authorities here allowed the craft to proceed to Ottawa in bond. Mr. Arnoldi was willing to pay the duty here.

The New Tourist Line - The company is really the old St. Lawrence Steamboat Company under a new name. It is run in the interest of the Vanderbilt system of railroads and will form the outlet for the summer passenger traffic at the larger towns along the River St. Lawrence. It was formerly incorporated under the laws of the United States, but the charter expiring it was deemed advisable to renew it under the Dominion Act, as more advantages were secured. A daily service has been reopened between Montreal and Clayton, the steamers Rothesay and Prince Arthur being utilized. The company purpose to increase its facilities considerably next year.

Incidents Of The Day - The derrick on the gov't dredge engaged in removing the shoals, broke down this morning.


The schr. White Oak is loading ore.

The prop. Myles cleared for Charlotte last night.

The prop. Bruno left for the Welland Canal last evening.

On Monday the str. St. Lawrence ran 17 miles in 1 hr. 2 min.

The schr. Wilcox is unloading her cargo of timber at Garden Island.

The iron ore gang intend having a picnic in a couple of weeks.

The schr. G.M. Neelon, from Toledo, arrived at Garden Island with timber.

The tug Folger has been laid up and now the tug A.W. Wright has it all her own way.

The schrs. Glenora and Gaskin arrived at noon today with 80,000 bushels of corn from Toledo.

The props. Persia, St. Catharines; Lake Ontario, Montreal; and Dominion, Chicago, called at Swift's last night and today.

While the schr. Penokee was being lightened of 8,000 bushels of grain, at Cape Vincent yesterday, the elevator broke down.

From Rathbun's - Tett's fleet for Ottawa; the schr. Dundee, lumber, for Oswego, and schr. Jamieson, for Oswego, poplar wood, have departed.

Sixty tons of phosphate were shipped over the Grand Trunk R.R. yesterday to Chicago. It was consigned to the North-Western Fertilizing Company.

Mr. Laughlin, for the American Government, on Monday inspected the Princess Louise, on Tuesday the Maud, and today the Pierrepont. He found them satisfactory.

The dredge Samson has arrived at the Montreal Transportation Co.'s dock. She hails from the Georgian Bay and left today in tow of the tug Peerless for Perth. She will be used on the Tay Canal.

The str. Passport is under command of Capt. Irwin. She has had new iron engine frames placed in her and been thoroughly overhauled and strengthened. It was expected that she would arrive here today.

Captain Dicks, of Toronto, a hull inspector, has returned from a tour to Brockville, Prescott, Morrisburg, Cornwall and other places east. He found the vessels in good order and the owners anxious to carry out the regulations. Capt. Dicks is well acquainted here, having some years ago sailed the finest crafts upon the lake. The Captain went west this afternoon.

str. Passport has new iron engine frame.


Last evening the yachtsmen met in the office of Capt. Clark Hamilton (who was in the chair) and further advanced the arrangements for the regatta which it was unanimously decided to hold on Monday, August 4th. Reasons for this postponement have been already given, and they are admitted to be cogent and reasonable. The following appointments were made:

Judges - James Wilson and Clark Hamilton.

Referee - A. Horn.

Starter - J. McKelvey.

Time-keeper - To be named by the judges.

Printing Committee - James Wilson and A. Strachan.

Sailing Committee - James Wilson, J.B. Walkem, J. McKelvey and G.S. Oldrieve.

Course for first-class yachts - From the starting buoy off Swift's wharf to a buoy off Abbott's Point, thence to a point off the foot of Simcoe Island, thence to the starting buoy, thence to Four Mile Point, back to starting buoy and repeat. Prizes: to first, $120; to second, $60; to third, $30; total, $210. Entrance fee $10.

Course, second-class yachts - From a point off Swift's wharf to Abbott's Point, thence to a buoy off the foot of Simcoe Island, thence to the starting buoy and repeat. Prizes: to first, $80; to second, $40; to third, $20; total, $140. Entrance fee, $7.

Course, third-class yachts - Same as second class, only once around and from the starting buoy to a buoy off Simcoe Island and back. Prizes: To first, $40; to second, $20; to third, $10; total, $70.

Entrance to be made with the secretary, Mr. A. Strachan, up to Saturday night at 10 p.m., at the British American Hotel.

We hope the weather will be fine and that there will be wind, in which case the regatta must be a great success. Many yachts, in addition to our own fleet, are expected to participate - seven or eight first class and about the same number of second and third class. The event will be the most important that has ever occurred in the harbour.

Later - The owners of the Iolanthe, Surprise, Gracie and Norah, Belleville; Emma, Toronto; Katie Gray and Laura, Oswego, announce their intention of competing.

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