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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 16, 1887

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The steamer John Thorn left today for Ogdensburg. During the summer she will make three trips weekly from Alexandria Bay and the Thousand Islands to Kingston.

On Saturday evening the steamer Sylvan Stream sailed into port from Montreal. She has been doing service on the Harlem and has been purchased by the Genessee River & Lake Ontario steamboat company, of Rochester, and will make three trips weekly between Charlotte and Alexandria Bay during the summer, and will also run from Charlotte to Sea Breeze. Last fall the steamer started from New York for Canada. She got as far as Pictou, N.S., and remained there during the winter. On Monday last she left that place. She pushed through 100 miles of floating ice, and, after passing Gaspe, she encountered very blustery weather. The wind blew fiercely. On Wednesday Montreal was reached and on Thursday a start was made for Kingston. In order to get through the canals 17 inches had to be cut off her guard rails. She called on her way up at Prescott and Clayton. She is a pretty boat, and can, it is alleged, run faster than any of the steamers that navigate the St. Lawrence. A steamboat captain states that she can, with 15 lbs. of steam, beat any of the mail line of steamers three miles an hour. She carries a magnificent engine, manufactured by Harrison & Fletcher, of New York. The cylinder is 40 inches by eight feet. The driving wheel is 26 feet, and makes 28 turns per minute. She is commanded by J.B. Estes, formerly master of the steamer Rothesay. The engineer is John Howard. She cleared for Oswego yesterday morning.


There was a large attendance of yachtsmen at the annual meeting of the Lake Yacht Racing Association at Belleville on Saturday. Messrs. J.B. Carruthers, Major Wilson, and Dr. Simpson were the representatives from Kingston. The officers-elect for the ensuing year are:

President - J.B. Carruthers, Kingston.

First Vice-President - Mr. Newhall, Rochester.

Second Vice-President - John Leys, Toronto.

Secretary Treasurer - G.E. Evans, Toronto.

The regattas will occur as follows: Toronto, July 26th and 28th; Rochester, Aug. 1st; Oswego, Aug. 4th; Kingston, Aug. 8th; Belleville, Aug. 11th.

All yachts measuring over fifty feet will compete in a class named "A". First-class yachts comprise boats of from 38 to 50 ft. measurement; second-class yachts from 25 to 38 ft. measurement. It was recommended that a uniform list of prizes be offered for every regatta. The next meeting of the association will be held in Kingston in 1888. On Saturday evening Mayor Biggar, and commodore of the Bay of Quinte yacht club, tendered a superb supper to the delegates. They spent a pleasant time together.

Personal Mention - E. Adams, steamboat inspector, will visit Trenton and Brighton this week.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 16, 1887