The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 27, 1889

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The prop. Olive is at the K. & P. wharf with a load of lumber.

The schr. A. Foster is discharging 165 tons of coal at Breck & Booth's dock. The coal came from Charlotte.

The schr. Jessie Breck has arrived at Garden Island with timber from Toledo.

The prop. Veronica and schrs. Montcalm and Mary Lyon will carry corn to Kingston at 4 cents per bushel.

The tug David C. Thompson brought in the barge H.J. Mills from the Main Ducks last night. She is loaded with 31,199 bush. corn from Chicago.

Arrivals: schr. Philo Bennett, Oswego, 166 tons coal; schr. Fleetwing, Charlotte, 312 tons coal; tug Charley Ferris, Oswego, light; schr. R. Anglin, Cape Vincent, light; prop. Acadia, Chicago, 4,535 bush. wheat.

If the steamer Island Wanderer is not satisfied it is stated that the steamer St. Lawrence will race for any amount of money. It is rumored that a $5,000 challenge will be issued by the Thousand Island steamboat company asking the New Island Wanderer to race or acknowledge defeat.

Acting Secretary Batchellor, Washington, has sustained the act of the collector of customs at Cape Vincent, N.Y., in assessing duty on the cost of certain repairs made to the steamer Islander, which was docked at Kingston, Ont., during the past winter. The department's decision is based on the ground that the repairs in a foreign port were not made necessary by stress of weather or other casualty occurring while in the regular course of her voyage, within the meaning of the law authorizing repayment of duties in certain cases.


The first of the series of yacht races to be contested this season came off yesterday afternoon. The wind was not very strong. This was consequently a disadvantage to some of the yachts that started. Five yachts started in the first-class race. They were: Norma, Dr. Strange; Garfield, Dr. Curtis; Laura, T. McK. Robertson; Gerda, Dr. Clark; Gracie, J. Campbell. The prize is $25 in colors or cups. The prize will be awarded to the yacht winning the largest number of races in the series. The yachts started from off Swift's at the lower end of the upper shoal and ran up to the buoy at Snake Island, around on the port side, and thence to the starting buoy and repeat. The distance was about ten or twelve miles. The Laura lead at the start and immediately pulled away from the other boats, outsailing them altogether. The remaining four boats kept nearly even until Snake Island buoy was reached. Then the Norma went to the front and rounded the buoy first by four boat lengths. The other three rounded the buoy so close together that a person could step from one boat to the other. The Garfield and the Gracie kept too close to Simcoe Island, and consequently lost the breeze. The Gerda and the Norma at this time had a good breeze and stood close to the city. The Laura passed the winning buoy about twenty minutes ahead of the other yachts. The Norma rounded second with the Gracie right behind her and the Gerda fourth. The Garfield, on account of losing so much time off Simcoe Island, dropped out of the race. The race was run on time, some of the yachts passing the starting point a few minutes ahead of each other. The official time and the order in which they take places in the race are as follows:

hrs. min. sec.

Laura 2 20 30

Gracie 2 41 51

Norma 2 44 10

Gerda 2 51 40

A race will take place every Friday afternoon.

The skiff race was very exciting. Four boats started. Macnee's boat came in first and Bowman's second. There was not ten feet difference between these boats in passing the winning point.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 27, 1889