The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 14, 1888

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The Annual Meeting Of The Lake Racing Association.

The annual meeting of the Lake Yacht Racing Association occurred on Saturday afternoon in the council chamber. Ex-Commodore Carruthers, of the Kingston yacht club, in the chair. The delegates present were:

Belleville - Commodore Hostage, Vice-Commodore Lazier, ex-Commodore W.H. Biggar.

Hamilton - Commodore F.E. Kilvert, Vice-Commodore John Stuart, Capt. J.F. Monck.

Toronto Yacht Club - Hume Blake, W. Morse, G. Evans.

Rochester - Commodore Newell, Mott Cartwright, George G. Street.

Kingston - J.B. Carruthers, Commodore Fairtlough, Capt. Hamilton.

Oswego - Commodore Mott, J.B. McMurrich, Gard. T. Lyon.

Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Toronto - Messrs. Gardiner Boyd, Robinson and Myles.

The principal business was the adoption of the load line system of measurement instead of the corrected water line length. This new regulation necessitated a new classification as follows:

Class 1 - All yachts over fifty feet load water length; class 2 - over thirty-six feet and under fifty feet; class 3 - over twenty-five feet and under thirty-six feet; class 4 - under twenty-five feet.

It was also decided to adopt a system of registration, and of allocation of members to yachts, to be adhered to throughout the regattas.

The circuit and dates of the regattas will be: Kingston, July 13th; Belleville, July 16th; Oswego, July 20th; Rochester, July 23rd; Hamilton, July 28th; Toronto yacht club, July 30th; Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Toronto July 31st.

The election of officers resulted thus: President, Commodore Newell, Rochester, N.Y.; second vice-president, Commodore Kelvert; first vice-president, Hamilton; Commodore McGraw, Toronto, honorary secretary-treasurer, George Evans, Toronto.

The next meeting of the association will be held in Rochester, N.Y. on the second Saturday in May, 1889.

On Saturday some of the visitors were handsomely entertained by Mr. J.B. Carruthers.

Class Limits In Yachts.

By the adoption of the load water-line measurement, and the abolition of the corrected water-line system, much advantage is gained by purchasers and designers of yachts, as the system now in vogue is the same all over the world. The classes in which the yachts will appear are:

Class 1 - Oriole, Atalanta, Norah, Aileen, Ariadne.

Class 2 - Cygnet, White Wings, Garfield, Aggie, (new Oakville), Madge, Verve, Ethel.

Class 3 - Merle, Iolanthe, Laura, Gracie, Coquette, Gerda, (new, of Kingston), Pysche (new, of Hamilton), Cyprus, Majel (Rochester).

Class 4 - The small chaps of which there are many.

The only changes are the limits of the second and third classes. Under the late rule the second class was limited to 38 ft. corrected water line; now it is 35 ft. load water-line. A recent writer asked: "Why change the line from 38 to 35 ft; why not leave it 38 ft. load-line?" My answer would be: "To do this would be unjust to the boats that have been built to suit the 38 ft. corrected water-line. Class 3 - Merle, Gerda, Psyche - as they are all under 35 ft. load-line, and if 38 ft. load-line was adopted, next season a yacht of this load-line would be built which would far out-class them, the largest of which is only 35 ft. load-line and form a class that in a few years would have to be divided up again. Another argument in its favor is, that this arrangement does not alter any existing yacht from the class she has already competed in. The true success of yachting is measured by the success of the smaller classes, I contend, and every effort should be made to foster them and make the racing more even, which the above divisions I think would bring about."


The barge Isis is loading railroad ties for Cape Vincent.

The freight on coal from Oswego to Kingston is 30 cents per ton.

The schr. White Oak arrived from Oswego with a cargo of coal.

The schr. J.H. Breck, timber for Garden Island, reached Port Colborne this morning.

The yachts Minnie A. and Nameless have gone to Montreal to parties who purchased them.

Capt. Sheley has had the government buoys anchored in their places in the St. Lawrence river.

The sailing yacht Gracie carried a small party of excursionists to Clayton on Saturday. They returned yesterday.

Yesterday the schr. Erie Stewart started for Cleveland with 400 tons of ore. The Huron is now being loaded for the same place with ore.

The steamer Rothesay has been chartered by the Lorne park company to ply between that place and Toronto. She will be fitted out at Gananoque.

When the prop. Lake Ontario ran aground at Whitby she was going to that place from Hamilton to load grain for Kingston. Tugs and wreckers from Port Dalhousie are engaged in releasing her.

The prop. Lake Ontario is ashore three miles from Whitby. Telegrams sent here for help could not be complied with as no boats were available. The prop. Scotia is said to have gone to her aid.

At Port Arthur Richardson's are loading the following vessels for Kingston: Steamer Ballantyne and tow, 10,000 bushels of wheat; prop. Shickluna and schrs. Worts and Albacore, 50,000 bushels of wheat.

Capt. Currier, Port Huron, has purchased the prop. California, lying at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinaw, where she foundered last fall. He will go with a full wrecking outfit to raise her about July 1st.

The steam barge Georgian was lost off Cape Rich Wednesday night. She got fast in the ice, which stove her sides in and sunk her almost immediately in 50 fathoms of water, about 25 miles from Owen Sound. The crew got aboard her consort, the Gold Hunter. The Georgian was valued at $8,000 and was fully insured. Her cargo of 500 tons of coal was insured.

Early on Saturday morning, during a heavy fog, the steamer Waverly, laden with corn, bound for Ogdensburg, while going at the rate of eight miles an hour ran on rocks at Long Point. Mr. Leslie secured the tug Bronson and barge Harvest and proceeded to the relief of the propeller. They reached her on Sunday morning at 7 o'clock. Over 6,000 bushels of grain were lightened from the propeller into the barge, and at four o'clock the steamer was pulled off the shoal. She passed down yesterday with the barge in tow for Ogdensburg.

Arrivals: prop. Michigan, Toledo, 6,313 bush. corn; str. Free Mason, Oswego, 104 tons coal; prop. St. Magnus, Toledo, 34,000 bush. corn; schr. Blanche, Toronto, grain; prop. Persia, Montreal; Ocean, St. Catharines.

Clearances: prop. Scotia, Cleveland, 2,883 ties; barge Southampton, Cleveland, 4,380 ties; barge R. Gaskin, Toledo, light; schr. B.W. Folger, Cleveland, 392 tons iron ore; schr. Erie Stewart, Cleveland, 392 tons iron ore; sloop Lorraine, Cape Vincent, 1,780 ties; schr. Khartoum, Cape Vincent, 800 ties; barge Puritan, Cape Vincent, 2,900 ties; str. Nile, Cape Vincent, 1,500 ties; sloop Laura D., Cape Vincent, 180,000 shingles; prop. Persia, Montreal, and Ocean, St. Catharines.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 14, 1888