The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 30, 1852

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p.2 Toronto Regatta - A letter in the Whig of yesterday says:- "The $100 prize of the sailing boats was won by the Prima Donna. The race was between four Kingston boats, the Prima Donna, the Challenge, the Jenny Lind, and the Kate Hayes. There were some Toronto boats entered, but as they were nowhere I need not allude to them. The Jenny Lind led the race and might have won it but for the carrying away of her bobstay, which disabled her. Competition then ensued between the Prima Donna and Challenge, and so closely was the race contested, that the Prima Donna only won by 37 seconds. In the skiff race for the Championship, the Torontowegians were easily beaten by the Barriefield Tailor, a little fellow scarcely five feet high, who actually rowed away from their best men, and then turned round and laughed at them. The four-oared gig race was lost by the Kingstonese, owing to a mistake made by Mr. Overton Gildersleeve, who steered, and not finding the buoy, gave the rowers a wrong signal to turn about, and the race was lost in consequence. This so elated the Toronto chaps, that they began to crow; so Mr. Gildersleeve, to cool their courage a trifle, offered them a bet of from $5 to $100 to row again the same distance next day. Hearing of this offer, and knowing the untoward accident which befell the Kingston boat, Mr. Street, the President of the Agricultural Association, and perhaps ashamed of the miserable Prizes offered by the Toronto Yacht Club - those Prizes made up of the entrances - generously gave £10 out of his own pocket, to be rowed for again, which, as Colonel Prince would say, "was done accordingly." In this race so superior did the Kingston Rowers feel themselves, that they purposely broke one of their oars, and won the race with three oars against four! This was taking the rag off those bragging and shabby fellows, the Torontowegians, with a vengeance ! Would you believe, my dear Whig, that these chaps, who doubtless consider themselves gentlemen, actually got up a Prize of £50 for their own miserable selves, and won it, for they took good care that nothing better than a washing tub should sail against them. Much good may it do them.! When the Kingston Club offered a silver Tea Service to be sailed for, they willingly admitted the whole world to compete for it. Their conduct on this occasion was of a piece with that of charging strangers half a dollar to go on board their hired vessel, the Ocean Wave, who had in addition to pay another half dollar for an abortion of a lunch. The four men who rowed the last race were the Barriefield Tailor, his brother George, John McDonald, of Long Island, and Mr. Hughes of the Adjutant General's Department, now of Montreal, but formerly of Kingston. Although the Toronto Club might have anticipated the presence and attendance of officers of other clubs yet no attention of any kind was paid to them, nor any Cards of Admittance on board their steamer sent; and Mr. Sheriff Corbett, the President of the Kingston Club, and many other gentlemen, the Visiting Press included, had to cool their heels on the wharves, and get intelligence of the races in the best way they could. But they always were a shabby pack, those boating Toronto chaps!"


The Subscribers beg to inform the Owners and Masters of Vessels, that having leased the premises on Mr. Tinning's Wharf, they are prepared to execute all orders entrusted to their care, and hope, from long experience in the business (have followed it a number of years in Kingston) to give general satisfaction.

Sails warranted to set. Steamboat and Vessels' Colors made to order.

Toronto, Sept. 1852. BAKER & ADAMS.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 30, 1852