The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 5, 1887

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The annual convention of the Lake Yacht Racing Association was held yesterday at Macdonald's Cove. Thirty-five yachts and their crews were present. The boats present from this district were: Fascination, Ella, Ruth, Katie Gray, Merle, Cricket and Laura, Oswego; Ethel, Rochester; Garfield, Laura, Gracie and Hebe, Kingston; Iolanthe and White Wings, of the Bay of Quinte yacht club; and Gorilla, Picton. Besides the sailing boats enumerated there were Mr. Dennis' steam yacht from Cobourg, the Ometa, of Belleville, and the Aida, of Oswego. The Kingstonians present were: Commodore Carruthers, Lieut. Col. Fairtlough, Major Wilson, Lord Boyle, Dr. Curtis, W.G. Fralick, T. McK. Robertson, W. Bailey, L.M. Woods, J. Campbell and several others.

There were representatives present also from the yacht clubs of Trenton, Oswego, Picton, Rochester, Cobourg, Toronto and Belleville. A very pleasant day was spent. After deciding to hold the first meeting of the association at Toronto on the 26th inst., and transacting other business, a procession of yachts was formed. There were thirty crafts in line. The yachts containing the commodores of the different clubs were in advance. They ran four miles out from the cove and then returned. The prettiest and most costly yacht was the Merle, recently built at Boston for Mr. Aimes, of Oswego, at a cost of $2,000. She is second class and elegantly equipped. Her woodwork is finished in oil. In the evening a grand pyrotechnic display occurred, and the yachts were illuminated by Chinese lanterns and lamps. The fireworks were discharged from the boats.

The Kingston yachtsmen returned to the city last evening.


The dredge Ontario and scows are being repaired at Deseronto.

The schooners Faulkner (sic - Falconer), Greenwood and Clara White have cleared with lumber for Oswego.

At Portsmouth Mr. Peter Mitchell is rebuilding the batteau Sydney for Mr. Gilmore, of Trenton.

The steamer R.P. Flower has been chartered by a party of New York Hebrews for two months, and has accordingly been taken off the Ogdensburg and Alexandria Bay route.

The propeller Africa is in trouble at Chicago. The Customs inspector in examining her found that aside from the regularly enrolled crew she had on board three passengers from Montreal.

Alfred Keech, of Clayton, N.Y., has painted a beautiful river scene on the paddle boxes of the John Thorn, showing a river, with islands covered with foliage; above the distant horizon a heavy cloud appears. It is an attractive painting.

Arrivals: schr. Flora Carveth, Toronto, 12,362 bush. wheat; schr. Baltic, Toronto, 12,100 bush. wheat; schr. J.L. McLaren, Chicago, 19,200 bush. wheat; schr. Annie M. Foster, Oswego, 156 tons coal; schr. White Oak, Charlotte, 408 tons coal.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 5, 1887