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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 13, 1853

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The Gazette contains an account of the Yacht races of Friday and Saturday, which we quote below. It will be seen that there was no boat in the race named the Ranavalla, but that the one to which we gave that name, on erroneous information, was the Storm Queen. To the Queen was awarded the first prize, and the Prima Donna took the Railway Purse on Saturday. The Storm Queen seems to have declined another contest with the Prima Donna:-

The first day's contest came off on Friday. There was a spirited competition, and the match was highly interesting, evincing throughout much skill on the part of the competitors. The Steamboat Cup, value 25 pounds, to be sailed for by yachts of every description, was contested for by the following yachts:-

Challenge 17 1/2 tons

Prima Donna 10 tons

Undine 8 1/2 tons

Echo 5 tons

Foam 5 tons

Jenny Lind 13 3/4 tons

Kate Hayes 9 1/2 tons

Storm Queen 6 tons

Witch 3 1/2 tons

Nora Creina 6 1/2 tons

The start took place at Twelve o'clock, from Browne's wharf. The distance was 22 miles in a straight course, and 26 miles in the run. The Prima Donna came in first, being three minutes and two seconds in advance of the Storm Queen, to which latter yacht the prize was awarded, she being allowed four minutes extra, owing to her small tonnage, thus winning the match by fifty-eight seconds.

On Saturday, the Railway Purse of $75, and the Ladies' Purse of $60, was sailed for over the same course. The following yachts started:-

Prima Donna 10 1/2 tons

Undine 8 1/2 tons

Foam 5 tons

Kate Hayes 9 1/2 tons

Witch 3 1/2 tons

Prima Donna won the first easily, and the Witch, after a close contest with the Kate Hayes, was awarded the Ladies' Purse.

The following gentlemen were the Judges on this occasion: Captain Masson, Capt. Zealand, D.C. Gunn, John Brown, T.S. Birchall, and James Adam, Esquires.

The following table of the time made both days has been furnished us by a friend:-

1st Round - 20 miles 2nd Round - 26 miles

Prima Donna 1h 38m 30s 2h 54m 30s

Witch 2 3 18 55

Foam 2 6 3 23 42

Kate Hayes 2 6 10 3 18 35

A Deserved Tribute - We are informed by the Spectator, that on Friday evening the presentation of a service of plate to Capt. Masson, and of a splendid gold watch to his chief officer, Mr. Harbottle, took place on board the steamer Cataract on the Lewiston route. About twenty gentlemen were present, chiefly representatives of Insurance Offices, and a few intimate friends. Our readers can hardly have forgotten the cause of this presentation. When the ill-fated Queen of the West was in flames and drifting against one of the wharves containing goods of immense value; and when both seamen and landsmen gave the burning vessel a wide berth, the Rochester came to the rescue, and before discharging his passengers, Capt. Masson towed the Queen to a place where the flames could do no harm, and the machinery could be subsequently procured with ease. Mr. Harbottle gallantly plunged into the water, and affixed a rope to the Queen, with which she was towed beyond the reach of the property in imminent danger. The Insurance companies projected this testimonial, and the result is a very beautiful silver tea service for the Captain, and a gold watch for the mate. The presentation was made by Sheriff Thomas, President of the Ontario Insurance Company. Subsequently Capt. Masson invited the gentlemen present to the table in the cabin of the Cataract, where refreshments were provided. A. Cameron, Esq., of Garden Island, who was of the number, was called to the chair, a number of toasts were proposed, speeches made, and songs sang, appropriate to the occasion, and a "right merrie" evening was then and there spent.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 13, 1853