The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1886

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Mr. J.W. Brown has chartered the schrs. Fisher and Julia to carry stone from Howe Island to Cobourg.

Capt. Griffin, of the schr. F.J. King, in port yesterday, was surprised to learn by a Chicago paper that his craft had been seized for dues by reason of its being repaired at Kingston. The statement was simply untrue. When the schooner was rebuilt she went to Cape Vincent, where the bills were presented and a duty equal to half the value of the work paid. Capt. Griffin expected to get the duty refunded, but was recently notified that the department could not permit of it.

Cleared - schr. Two Brothers, Cape Vincent, ties; tug Augusta and consort, Detroit, light; schr. Angus Smith, Lake Michigan, light; schr. Fabiola, South Bay, light; A. Falconer, Oswego, light.



The steamer Oconto, that struck the rock and went down in the St. Lawrence off Fisher's Landing, has "a history" at Green Bay, Wis. Some years ago, when belonging to the Goodrich line, she lay at the dock in that city. Sparks from the smokestack fired a building and a large conflagration was the result. Numerous lawsuits for damages were instituted against the vessel owners by residents burned out, and the boat was in danger of libel and seizure. By an application of the company to the United States court the suits were consolidated and transferred to the higher court, with a petition also that the measure of damages allowed be no greater than the value of the Oconto and cargo at the time of the fire. Litigation is still pending. Late last season she was nearly wrecked on Lake Huron, involving repairs and overhauling at an expense of several thousand dollars during the past winter.


The meeting, called by the secretary of the Kingston yacht club for last evening, was well attended. There were present Messrs. C. Hamilton, A Strachan, J.B. Carruthers, Drs. Curtis and Clark, James Murray, Strange, A.E. Lescombe ?, T. McKay Robertson, W. VanTussel, and W.H. Macnee.

A communication was read from Belleville relating to the matter of procuring two trophies, to be competed for during the annual circuit of the Lake (line unreadable) second class yachts. The letter stated that the Belleville Yacht Club had decided to contribute $50 toward the trophy fund, and asked what the Kingston club intended to do about it. Mr. J.B. Carruthers said that it would be money wasted if they subscribed towards the fund and failed to send yachts around the circuit to compete for their trophies. Did any of the Kingston yachts intend to take part in the circuit? After some discussion, during which a number of yachtsmen spoke, a motion was carried to the effect that the Kingston Yacht Club declined to subscribe to the trophy fund this year.

It was then agreed to hold the Kingston regatta on Aug. 2nd. There will be three races, open to first, second and third class boats, and they will be sailed under the rules of the Lake Yacht Race Association. Another race, open to yachts of 25 ft. water line, owned by gentlemen who do not belong to the association, will be held, provided sufficient funds for prizes can be raised. If this race is not held the Gananoque yachts cannot compete, because their owners are not members of the association. Some of the yachtsmen intimated that the Gananoque men could get over this difficulty by joining the Kingston Yacht club.

During the circuit, held by the Lake Yacht Race Association, the yachtsmen will not be allowed to shift ballast. Dr. Curtis said this rule was a bad one for him. He intended to enter the yacht Shadow, a little craft that ran like a scared dog, in the third class race. However, if he could not move his ballast during the race he would load her with men of the Briggs Bros. build. He intended to advertise for heavy men right away.

The amount and number of prizes were discussed, but no decision was arrived at. The sailing course will be the same as it was last year. An adjournment was then made until Tuesday evening next.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1886