The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 24, 1851

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p.2 Sale of the Cherokee - We understand that Capt. Gaskin, has purchased the Cherokee, of 750 tons and 200 horsepower, and that it is his intention to take her to Quebec, and refit her for sea-going purposes, for which the Cherokee is admirably adapted, having been built for the naval service, and fitted with marine engines. Two routes present themselves, upon either of which the Cherokee could be well employed: the route between Quebec and Halifax, and that between Halifax and Boston; but which of these is to be preferred we have not ascertained.

The Yacht Race - On Wednesday evening, a few of the members of the Regatta Club and other gentlemen, including the Mayor, and the members for the city and county, assembled at Perkins' to witness the presentation of the prize to the successful competitor in the recent Yacht Race. The President of the Club, Mr. Sheriff Corbett, occupied the chair, and on the table was placed the handsomely designed tea service which had been procured from Toronto as the Race prize. After disposing of the good things which the host of the St. Lawrence Hotel had provided for the occasion, the President rose, and having addressed a few words to the company upon Regatta sports, and to Mr. Osborne as the victor in the late contest, presented the prize to that gentleman. The President's remarks were in substance as follows:-

"Gentlemen - I have to state that the race advertised to be run under the auspices of the Kingston Regatta Club, came off on Monday last, and was won by the Golden Arrow in 4 h. 45 m. It now becomes my pleasing duty to present the prize to the owner of the successful boat, Mr. Osborne, and in doing so, I beg to offer him my hearty congratulations on a result which must be satisfactory to himself and friends, while it is flatterng to the skill, energy and perseverance which he and the young men associated with him, have exhibited in building and sailing the boat. I am sure that the members of the club sincerely unite with me in this congratulaton. The race, I am happy to say, gave great satisfaction to the lovers of regatta sports; it was well contested, and the only matter of regret is that a greater number of competitors did not enter. I trust, however, that upon the next occasion, more will be found to compete. Such sports should be encouraged, for their tendencies and natural results are the improvement of our marine, upon the efficiency of which our prosperity in a considerable degree depends. With respect to the late race, I may here be allowed to remark that the small number of entries was probably owing to the lamentable occurrence which but a short time since cast a gloom over the city. You, Mr. Osborne, have won the prize which I now have the pleasure of presenting to you, fairly and gallantly, and I am sure that all present will join with me in the wish that you may long retain it as a souvenir of the occasion, and as an inducement to further and greater achievements."

Mr. Osborne responded in suitable terms. The victor was then toasted, and brought to his feet again to return thanks. The President of the Club, and Mr. Crawford and Mr. Burrowes, were also toasted. Several capital songs were capitally sung, and it was nearly eleven o'clock before this pleasant party broke up.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 24, 1851