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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 21, 1853

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Regatta On the Bay

Last season a Yacht Club was organized in Toronto; and although since that time it has undergone a reorganization, it has been constantly gathering strength. There are at the present time, several ship carpenters engaged in making and repairing yachts. There is no better place in the world for yachting than Toronto Bay; and from present appearances it is likely to be pretty well tested. The yachts are of various sizes and very different values. A party of gentlemen belonging to the club have gone on a fishing excursion in one of these yachts. Every day, especially every evening, the bay is enlivened by these yachts sailing about in every direction; till some members of the club are getting pretty well experienced in this fashionable amusement. The deep yachting here bids fair to become the principle out-door amusement. We know that disreputable ideas sometimes attach to yacht clubs; but we believe there is no ground whatever for entertaining any such feeling against the Toronto Yacht Club. The regattas here begin to bring into requisition a very different class of boats from what has generally been used in Canada. Many of the boats draw five or six feet of water.

The first club race for the season came off on the bay on Saturday. The day was squally, the wind blowing hard from the north. The yachts, seven in number, entered for the race, slipped their moorings on the signal gun being fired, about two o'clock, and stood out of the bay, most of them having taken the precaution to be close reefed. The boats engaged were: The Challenge, Mr. Arnold.

The Foam, Mr. Greene.

The Storm Queen, Mr. Blake.

The Witch, Mr. Robinson.

The Mischief, ___.

The Kate Hayes, ___.

The Saucy Jack, ___.

The course was about 18 miles. The Challenge shot ahead of the other boats on going out of the bay; and won the first race easily. The second race was won by the Foam. In the first race, the Saucy Jack, and Mischief, and the Kate Hayes, although ahead of the other yachts did not round the buoy, but went to their moorings. [Leader]

The steamer City of Hamilton broke her shaft on Saturday last, in entering Toronto Bay. She will consequently be laid up for a few days. The Boston has taken her place. [Journal & Express]


Loss Of The Schooner William Penn

Rescue of the Captain and Crew

The Buffalo Commercial Advertiser of Monday says:

The steamer Mississippi, on her down trip Saturday evening, picked up seven persons in a small boat, about 20 miles off Cleveland. They proved to be the officers and crew of the schooner William Penn, belonging to Kingston, and loaded with lumber. The schooner sprang a leak and capsized on the day previous, and the poor fellows had been drifted about, without any one to assist them, or a mouthful of food ever since. They were kindly provided for by the officers and passengers of the Mississippi.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 21, 1853