The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 31, 1852

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p.2 Lake Erie Trout - We find in the Fredonia Censor the following letter, describing the success which has attended the experiments made to catch trout and whitefish in Lake Erie. The writer says:-

So little known have been the contents of these waters, that until very recently it has been an object of profit to make frequent drafts on Old Connecticut for her salmon trout. But now it is ascertained that we have the very fish in great abundance at our feet. Recent experiments in taking these fish have proved very successful. Mr. Andrews, on his return to Dunkirk from California a few months since, aided by an old Mackinaw fisherman, set to work in earnest, preparing himself with all the necessary apparatus for fishing on a large scale. Several unsuccessful attempts were made at different depths of water, and in different ways, but at length the true way was found, and that by turning out about thirteen miles from shore and dropping nets to the depth of nearly or quite 100 feet, and thus letting them remain for some hours, when they are hauled up and the fish secured. The trout, unlike many other kinds of fish, have no gills, but swim with their mouth open, bridling themselves with the twine of the net, the meshes being too small to allow them to pass through, and they cannot back out because of the structure of their teeth curving inwardly, and thus become their own executioners. Last evening, Mr. Andrews took at one haul over fifteen hundred pounds of trout and whitefish. In this lot were thirty-three trout, weighing about thirty pounds each - a beautiful sight - which sell rapidly at 6 cents a pound.

Yachting - Time was - and that not long ago - when Kingston could boast of turning out a greater fleet of pleasure yachts than any other harbor in this country, but we greatly fear that such is not the case now, and that Toronto can bear off the palm in this respect. But two new yachts have been added to our numbers during the last and present season, while several have been sold and sent away or laid up. One of these new boats, however, as will be seen in our advertising columns, boldly challenges competition, and is certainly well fitted to cut out some sharp work for any antagonist which may be matched against her - we allude to the Prima Donna.

We observe by the Patriot, of Toronto, that our yachting friends in that city have already had a sailing match, and that it is in contemplation to have a grand provincial regatta on the occasion of the coming Provincial Fair. Our contemporary thus describes the race of Monday:-

The Toronto Yacht Club - The first regular sailing match between boats owned by members of the club, came off on Monday last, for a sweepstakes from all boats entering of 5s. each. Thirteen boats entered, among which were, of the 1st class, the Undine, Albacore, the America a new boat built somewhat after the model of her far-famed namesake of New York, the Gazelle, and the Saucy Jack. Of the 2nd class were the Cherokee, formerly the Rover of Kingston, the Witch, which won the first prize at the Regatta last year, the Emerald and several others. The day was beautiful and the breeze fresh from the North, and indeed, as far as the elements were concerned, there has never been so favorable a day for a Regatta on any previous occasion. The course lay from a buoy opposite Privat's round by the Garrison wharf to the lighthouse, and thence along the outer shores of the peninsula, to another buoy opposite the starting point on the inside, and back again to the latter. At starting the Gazelle was first, but in turning at the Garrison the Albacore took the lead, and kept it, we believe, during the remainder of the race. The second place was closely contended for by the Undine, Cherokee, Gazelle, and Emerald, though from the distance it was not easy to tell which had the advantage. When outside the island the Witch fell foul of the Saucy Jack, the former losing her bowsprit, and as the Saucy Jack had to tow her into the harbor, both these boats lost all chance of the race. The America was almost equally unfortunate, as from some cause or other she leaked so badly that she could not keep way with any of the foremost boats. In returning, the Albacore leading at some distance ahead, was followed by the Undine - the Cherokee was third - the Gazelle and Emerald being nearly equal for the fourth place. This order they kept pretty closely all the way from the light-house, round the Garrison wharf to the winning buoy at Privat's which they approached in beautiful style, under full sail with flowing sheets, the wind freshening up from the North as they passed the Garrison buoy. The Albacore was first followed at a short distance by the Undine. The Cherokee closely followed, losing the race by only twenty seconds, as being a second class boat, she was allowed five minutes over the larger competitors. The Emerald was fourth, about a length ahead of the Gazelle. The rest of the boats were a long way astern.

Altogether the race was an excellent one, and afforded a very pleasing spectacle to a large number of spectators who had assembled at the island to witness it.

Police Court - July 30th - Capt. Abbott, on an assault case adjourned from Wednesday, was fined 5s. and 12s. 6d. costs.

Aug. 2, 1852


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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 31, 1852