The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 17, 1855

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p.2 Yacht Race at Toronto - An interesting contest took place yesterday between the celebrated Prima Donna and a new iron yacht, known as the Rivet, just imported at considerable expense. Great expectations have been formed of her sailing abilities, and in addition to the prize, 100 pounds to the winner, a considerable amount in the shape of bets was at stake. The sailing distance was from Tinning's wharf to a buoy in the lake off the mouth of the Humber, thence in return down the bay, and back to the starting point. about half-past twelve, the signal being given, both yachts got under weigh, the Prima Donna having the advantage of position. There was but little wind, and scarcely any perceptible advantage seemed to belong to either side, as far as was observable from Tinning's Wharf. On their return in approaching the starting point, after having passed up the bay, the Prima Donna was slightly ahead, maintaining that position to the winning place, which she reached about five o'clock, being three minutes ahead of her iron rival. Owing to the difference in the respective tonnage of the two yachts, five minutes were allowed to the Prima Donna, which must also be added in her favor in reckoning the time by which she beat her antagonist. Those who made bets on the wrong side are by no means satisfied that a similar result would have been attained, had there been wind enough to try the real sailing qualities of the Rivet. The beautiful little Undine, and a host of small boats sailing and rowing, were present to witness the contest, which occasioned quite a little excitement; it being considered a sort of test match to settle the respective merits for supremacy of old-country and colonial-built yachts. [Leader, Saturday]

New Trade Opened - Within the last three weeks two large vessels have been freighted with lumber at this port bound for Chicago. We learn that Mr. Chas. Perry of Peterboro' has contracted for over a million feet of sawed lumber to go to Chicago market. Last spring a vessel was loaded with wood at Sodus Bay for Chicago. It seems remarkable that a comparatively young, though large, city like Chicago, situated in the midst of a new country, should be importing lumber from Canadian ports on Lake Ontario. [Cobourg paper]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 17, 1855