The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 3, 1886

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p.2 Accident to the Yacht Cygnet - A telegram was received here this afternoon asking that a tug go to the rescue of the yacht Cygnet, dismasted during the night between the upper gap and the real Ducks. The crew found shelter at Macdonald's Cove. The yacht left here last evening for Oswego.

The telegram received was from the captain of the steamer Resolute, of Deseronto. He said that he was unable to render any assistance, as his craft was disabled. The Cygnet was drifting in the trough of the sea off Amherst Island.

The captain of the schr. Garibaldi, just arrived in port, saw the yacht drifting off Nine Mile Point. A boat has gone out to bring in the disabled craft.

G.M. Ewing, M.D., C. Patterson, F. McLean, C.J. Townsend, E. Bayley, J.M. Ewing, Toronto; R.M. Roy, Belleville, were on the boat and handled her in connection with Capt. Creighton, sailing master, an expert sailor.



But Not The Kind of Breeze Required By The Smaller Craft.

The yachtsmen are enthusiastic over the results of the regatta yesterday. The weather and the breeze were just the kind required, while the interest in the races continued unabated until the last boat had crossed the line. The only unfortunate occurrence was the drowning of two batterymen, who had been watching the races. The wind, from the south-west, fully tested the staying qualities of the yachts. The first class race was a magnificent one. The Atalanta, the winner, was handled splendidly by Dow Claus. Many persons regretted the carrying away of her topmast at Four Mile Point on the first round, but this proved a decided advantage. With her mainsail alone set she made better progress than when weighed down with an enormous topsail. Her spread of canvas was great, and she moved like a bird when sailing before the wind. The Ariadne was also handled skilfully. Her sails sat beautifully. She was making a gallant run for second place when the crew found the water pouring in so rapidly that they sought shelter rather than risk another turn about the Four Mile buoy. Reluctantly the boat headed for the city, having covered 25 miles. The Aileen, after having broken her topmast, dashed through the water like a thing of life. The gale was just what she wanted. The Norah would have had a good place in the race but on the second round, after passing the buoy off George's barn, on Wolfe Island, the eye bolt, holding up the main sheet, gave way, and the canvas piled upon the deck. Before repairs could be made she drifted down towards Milton Island. When in trim again she made a pretty run for Simcoe Island, passed the slower yachts, and reached the winning buoy in time to take third place. The White Wings was not strong enough to stand the breeze, and, with the Garfield, was soon consigned to the rear. Capt. Cuthbert and Henry Cunningham, sailing masters, were, however, not the kind to give up, but manfully hung to the course and finished an hour and more behind the first boat. The Cygnet, carrying too much sail and finding too much wind, early gave up the race. The correct time at the finish of the first class race was:

H. M. S.

Atalanta 3 08 00

Aileen 3 57 00

Norah 4 09 05

White Wings 4 29 50

Garfield 4 33 00

Comparing The Time.

The yachts this year made magnificent time. It must be remembered that in covering the course, 30 miles, possibly half as many more miles were covered in the tacking to reach Four Mile Point. The actual sailing time was:

H. M. S.

Atalanta 4 43 00

Aileen 5 18 00

Norah 5 30 50

White Wings 5 59 29

Garfield 6 03 00

Last year the Atalanta was the winning boat, and on that occasion the same course was covered, but not in as good time as the Garfield made in the present race. For the sake of comparison we give the acutal sailing time made last year by the winners:

H. M. S.

Atalanta 6 17 35

Winona 6 44 35

Aileen 6 51 15

The race of last year was a drifting match compared with the race of this year.

The Second Class Race.

The weather was too heavy yesterday for both the leading boats in the second class race. The Laura and Iolanthe carried too much canvass. The loss of the Iolanthe's topmast was the best thing that could have happened. Considerable of her canvass was then reefed and better running made in consequence. Her bow was kept above the water. The Laura could not stow her canvass away and was kept down in the water until she became loggy. She lost the jaws of her jibs, and this added to her misfortune. The crew feel sore over the way the Cygnet, sailed by a Bellevillian, pocketed this boat. There was no necessity for the act seeing that the Cygnet intended dropping out of the race. The finish of the second class boats was as follows:

H. M. S.

Iolanthe 2 41 10

Laura 2 51 10

Gracie 3 11 12

Mollie 3 37 30

Minnie A., a Gananoque boat, lauded to the skies, did not finish. Yachtsmen here do not think they will go to Gananoque for models of lake yachts. The gale was too heavy for her to stand. The actual sailing time of the boats was:

H. M. S.

Iolanthe 3 54 40

Laura 4 06 40

Gracie 4 27 52

Mollie 4 51 30

As evidence that the gale was too severe for the crafts it need only be mentioned that last year the time made was:

H. M. S.

Iolanthe 3 49 59

Laura 3 53 55

While it was the kind of a gale the first class yachts wanted, it was beyond the capacity of those of small tonnage.

Paragraphs Of The Day.

Cuthbert was a very happy man last night. His models won the first money.

The Laura was continually under water, and the crew were drenched to the skin.

Many of the visiting yachtsmen were entertained last evening by Commodore Carruthers.

The Ariadne had a fine way of storing her balloon jib. The crew had only to pull a rope and it was set in a minute.

The White Wings jammed her centre board near Garden Island and lost much time; besides she shipped considerable water.

The Atalanta, with a measurement of 66.8 ft. had to allow the Aileen 5 min. 35 sec. and Norah 8 min. 7 sec. and yet she beat them nearly an hour.

The first class boats, with the Laura, Iolanthe and Mollie, intend to go to Oswego, but they have not cleared yet. They are waiting for the wind to moderate.

Yachtsmen say the Four Mile Point buoy was placed too near the shoal running out from Simcoe Island. Some yachts had hard work in saving themselves when running for the flag.

The captain of the Iolanthe says he crossed the line the chart called for. The rules read that the buoy was situated off the Grand Trunk wharf, and as he started from the west side of the wharf he passed over the imaginery line. Instead of the time keepers being on Gunn's wharf they should have been on the Grand Trunk wharf. "Whenever the Laura thinks she can beat us," said Commodore Bigger, "let her come on." The crew say the boat nearly capsized once off George's barn. The weather was very squally. The water at times filled the cockpit.

A Yacht Was Swamped - The yacht Bloodhound, of Portsmouth, coming home from the races yesterday, lost her centre board and swamped. The sailors, four in number, swam ashore at Alwington.

Steamboat Line Acquired - The steamers John Thorn and Maynard, belonging to the "Sweet Line," running from Clayton to Alexandria Bay and other river points, together with the contracts with the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg R.R., have been purchased by the Thousand Island Steamboat Company for $18,000 cash. This gives the Folgers exclusive connection and the whole river business of the railroad. From the manner in which the railway is conducted it is a good institution to tie up to. The "Sweet Line" has been long established. The Thousand Island Company now owns six steamers and control the business on both sides of the river.


The sloop Idlewild is discharging 1,000 bush. wheat at Richardson's wharf.

A good deal is heard on the street about the Hero's route tomorrow. A treat is promised.

The schr. J.H. Breck is in the Welland Canal with coal from Sandusky for the Locomotive Works, Kingston.

The schr. Clara Youell, light, started on Saturday night for Toronto, but on getting a short distance up the lake a heavy gale was encountered, and the captain was forced to run back. The schooner arrived here again last night.

Arrivals; schr. Mary, Oswego, 191 tons coal; schr. Clara White, Oswego, 117 tons coal; schr. Oliver Mitchell, Chicago, 22,933 bush. corn; schr. C. Gearing, Oswego, 152 tons coal; schr. White Oak, Sodus Point, 397 tons coal; schr. Blanche, Charlotte, 221 tons coal; prop. Alma Munro, Sandusky, 9,662 bush. corn.

Cleared: schr. Oliver Mitchell, Grindstone Island, light; steamer Glengarry, and consort, Duluth, light; steamer Enterprise, and consort, Welland Canal, light; tug McArthur, Montreal, raft; schr. Julia, Toronto, oats.


[Montreal Witness]

Mr. Senecal, President of the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company, looking after the wrecked Passport, says the damage has been ascertained and the Passport can be placed in commission again for about $700. The steamer will be taken to Montreal in two or three days. Her hull is said to be uninjured, the damage having been done on the starboard quarter. There were fifty-two passengers on board and the ladies got quite a fright. The chief shock was among the dishes, and the clatter made by them was deafening and startled all from their berths. One bride threw her arms around her husband's neck and shrieked, "We'll go down together." She rushed with him to the wrong side of the boat and surely they would have gone down together if they had escaped that way, as they were on the river side of the boat. However, no one was injured and all were safely housed in the hotels. The American House now looks like a mill bleachery with the drying clothes that hang over the verandah. The ladies' finery looks very much depressed, and they feel much the same way. The running of the vessel upon the pier seems like carelessness. The shore people say that the night was tolerably clear, and that unless the Passport had a particular spite at the lock lamp-post on shore she had no business with it. On the matter of culpability, however, the crew are as dumb as oysters, and so are the officers. There is no marine insurance on the Passport. "You may state," continued Captain Labelle, "that we intend to take an action against the government for any loss sustained, as the current is so strong and treacherous at the new locks at Cornwall that we have always the greatest difficulty in getting in there with safety. This is the fault of the government, which should have a safe entrance at the locks."

The steamer Prince Arthur will be at Kingston on Wednesday to carry the passengers down the river. A special train will bring the passengers from Toronto. The service will not be materially impeded, as the Spartan, lying at Sorel, will take the Passport's place.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 3, 1886