THE KINGSTON YACHTS.
Mr. J. Galloway, jr., secretary of the Kingston yacht club, writes to the Empire in answer to enquiries: "I may say our fleet for 1888 has hardly been thought of, but there is no doubt at all but that Kingston will be ahead of any previous year, as a great deal more interest is being taken in this sort of sport. When I say that the fleet has not been thought of, I say what is not strictly correct, for already a new cutter has been added to our fleet for this year, built for Mr. Clark of the asylum, that promises, besides being a good sea boat, to be a fast sailer. She is 40 feet overall, 6 feet beam, and 6 feet depth of hold. Then the Garfield, owned by Dr. Curtis, is still on deck, and will no doubt do as good work in her class this year as last. The Laura, owned by T. McK. Robertson, is well and favorably known as one of the best second-class yachts on the lakes. The Gracie, too, a second-class boat, is owned here, and although she did not participate in the races last year, will be fitted up this year with a view to speed. She is now the property of a syndicate of young men who take an active interest in all that concerns yachting. It is expected also, that the commodore will add one more to our fleet before the year closes. Then we have a large number of steam and third-class boats. "I think the idea of an international trophy, would tend to increase the interest in aquatics all over the lakes, and be a good thing consequently for the association."
p.8 Incidents Of The Day - Capt. T. Taylor, owner of the schooner Falconer, is expending $500 in improving her. She is receiving a new foremast, and extensive repairs are being made to her decks.
The government will place $100,000 in the estimates on account of the dry dock. "That is a settled fact," said a leading conservative today. Three sites are under consideration - at Portsmouth, the marine railway and below the bridge.
Personal Mention - Joseph Graham has been appointed second mate of the schooner F.C. Taylor now lying at Ogdensburg.