The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1853

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p.2 Regatta at Hamilton - The sailing match came off in Burlington Bay on Friday last; the rowing matches were fixed for the following day. Eight or nine yachts started, but of these we can only name the Prima Donna, the Ranavalla, the Challenge, the Jenny Lind, the Kate Hayes, the Witch, and Rover. Several Kingston built boats will be recognized in this list, but no yacht now owned in Kingston participated in the contest. The day was very fine, the wind light, but steady for a land breeze, and about 12, noon, the signal to start was given. We believe that all the boats entered were placed, except the Challenge, for which there was no buoy, and consequently there was some dispute about the "start." They all got under weigh when the signal was given, the Prima Donna early taking the lead, was running very far ahead of all her competitors, save one, the Ranavalla, of Toronto, which was soon observed to be her real antagonist. On these two boats, indeed, the chief interest of the race was soon centered. The Prima Donna had the misfortune, first, to take the ground while running in the direct line of the buoys, and subsequently the bob stay gave way and it required some time to get over these accidents, but still she kept the lead of the Ranavalla, and when the stay was replaced, stood well across the bay, in beating up, having yet about three minutes of time to spare as against the latter. The Ranavalla, however, getting a favorable breeze off the land ran up quietly along the shore, saving the beat across the bay which the Prima Donna had been obliged to make, and was consequently enabled to lead the latter by two minutes round the buoy! and now, with a couple of thousand eyes bent upon them, the two antagonists rushed down the eastern side of Burlington Bay for the return flag and the beat home. Steady but slowly the Prima Donna overhauled the Ranavalla, challenged and passed her, but in a few minutes the two boats were again alongside and the latter threatened to pass. With a freshened breeze, however, the Prima Donna shook off her antagonist and led by about one hundred yards round the last buoy, then hauling on the (land ?) rapidly widened the distance, and passed the winning buoy three minutes and a half ahead of the Ranavalla. The Witch came in third. The other yachts had given up the race. It was said notwithstanding, that the Ranavalla would take the first prize, on the ground that she was entitled to four minutes for difference of tonnage. How this has been decided we are unable to say; but it will be seen from this brief and imperfect account of the contest that the Prima Donna sustained at Hamilton her well-earned reputation.

We regret to learn that James Colville, Engineer of the steamer William, was seriously hurt on Wednesday morning, being crushed between the steamer and the wall, in passing through one of the locks of the Lachine canal. His recovery is despaired of.

A telegraph report from Detroit says that the steamer Buckeye had arrived at that port in a damaged condition, having run down the schooner Oneida on Tuesday night; her upper cabin being stove in. She had on board two of the crew of the Oneida, who saved themselves by swimming to be picked up by the boat.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1853