The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 19, 1855

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p.2 Steamboat Accident - We learn that on Wednesday evening, the steamer Arabian, when entering Darlington harbor, struck on the pier with such force that she sprung a leak, and sunk in 9 feet of water.

Hamilton Regatta

This Regatta came off on the Bay on Saturday, in spite of the rain, and was very successful. The yacht Gipsey, 25 tons, was very kindly given to the Committee by her owner, Mr. Cooper, as Commodore's Yacht, and, dressed in gay flags, lay at anchor off Cook's Wharf. The wind was very partial all day. The $50 sailing race for Yachts and Boats belonging to the port of Hamilton, started at 11:50. Competitors:-

Cutter Yacht Challenge, D. Phelan, owner.

do. Ariadne, Ferguson, do.

do. Sebastopol, Jas. White, do.

do. Prima Donna, Cooper, do.

do. Flirt, F.R. Stephens, do.

Schooner Yacht Arrow, Date, do.

Cutter Yacht Jeannette, J.M. Hammond, do.

do. Snooks, Patillo, do.

The course being from the Commodore's Yacht to a flag buoy off the west end of the Railroad Wharf, down to Brown's Wharf, on the north shore, thence across, round a flag-boat at the rush bed, and back round the Commodore's Yacht, twice round. On the first round the time was as follows:-

Sebastopol 1.4 p.m.

Prima Donna 1.5 p.m.

Snooks 1.9 p.m.

Arrow 1.10 p.m.

Flirt 1.11 p.m.

Soon after passing the Commodore on the second round, the Challenge and Ariadne gave up, both being heavily ballasted and too little wind for them. The Flirt fouled a schooner in the Railroad Bay, else we might have looked for better things from her and her spirited owner. The wind freshening on rounding the second buoy, gave the Arrow a fine chance before the wind, on which point she sails best. What she gained, however, she lost when close hauled, coming across to the rush bed and home. The Prima Donna, Sebastopol and Snooks having this part all to themselves - the Flirt and Jeanette bringing up the rear. Finally the Prima Donna drew ahead of the Sebastopol, being of much lighter draught, and, on this account, struck across the rush bed, while the Sebastopol had to tack off. Sebastopol was thus taken, literally - the time at the Commodore's Yacht being -

Prima Donna 2.40 p.m.

Sebastopol 2.43 p.m.

Snooks 2.53 p.m.

Prima Donna was then declared winner - Sebastopol gaining 2nd prize, and Snooks 3rd.

The four-oared race was won by the Hallett - Phelin; Petrel - Hogg, coming in second when she ought to have been first, if some of her crew had not fagged in the first round.

The skiff race was won by the Alma - Dallyn; Inkerman - Mitt, second prize.

The whole affair was highly creditable to those getting it up. Capt. Zealand acting as Commodore, assisted by W.W. Grant, Esq., and Capt. MacArthur, who were on board the Commodore's Yacht all day, and were, as usual, all that was required. We wish them success in their endeavors to improve the sailing spirit in the Bay. [Spectator]

The Georgian Bay Canal - Appointment of Engineers - Col. R.B. Mason to be Chief Engineer of Georgian Bay and Ontario Ship Canal. [Chicago Press]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 19, 1855