The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 24, 1857

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p.2 Vessel Lost - schooner Anna Maria ashore near Upper Gap; about 60 tons, built 1849.

Aquatics - The Cape Regatta, etc.

To the Editor of the News;

Sir, - The lovers of the manly sport of yachting were regaled on Saturday last at Cape Vincent with a really creditable regatta. The races were confined to craft of twenty-three feet keel and under, and the greater number entered were open boats with slip keels. The managers of the race, with the greatest possible courtesy, delayed starting the boats until the arrival of the yachtsmen from Kingston, who had sent word that they would visit Cape Vincent in the champion of the lakes, the Belle, of Kingston. Curious to relate, just as the Belle was making her last stretch up to the wharf, the beautiful schooner Ripple, of Ogdensburgh, hove in sight, trimmed from truck to deck with flying colors. The wharf was crammed with admiring spectators, amongst whom we were glad to see a goodly sprinkling of the fair sex. The steamer Napier brought over a good number of Kingstonians, who were attracted by the love of sport.

At twelve o'clock precisely the little craft were started, not, as usual, in a line and all starting at the same time, but one after the other, with an interval of a minute. There were twelve or thirteen started, and the river opposite the Cape never, we engage, looked more lively than it did when the little fleet had fairly got under weigh.

Each boat seemed to have its friends on the wharf, for as the wind filled the sails an encouraging cheer sped it on its watery course. The winner of many a previous tussle, the Contest, seemed to be the greatest favorite, and in the end proved the correctness of the general opinion by coming in the winner by a long distance. The second boat was a Kingston craft, formerly owned by Mr. Fisher, and she ably sustained the reputation of our city. Had there been more wind the issue might have been different.

Our friends at the Cape were so delighted at the sport that they actually dragged the winner out of the water up to the hotel, where they cheered more lustily. The only person disturbed at this proceeding was the owner of the Contest, who appeared to think that whatever her qualities on the water might be, she was not likely to be improved by a long sojourn in that roadstead. However, there was nothing but fun and good humor in the crowd; and after having drank enough to float the boat itself, they reconducted her with due pomp back to her natural element.

A band of music enlivened the proceedings from the balcony of the hotel; and the sports of the day appeared to have given general satisfaction, to judge from the merry faces everywhere visible.

The excitement of the race was considerably augmented by the presence of the two celebrated rival yachts, Belle and Ripple, and not a small amount of money changed hands whilst they were trying one another's speed for a short spirt. Yankee Doodle, with his customary pluck, was ready to back his own craft to any amount. Judging from the following energetic anathema, which we heard from one individual - "G-d d-n the Belle of Kingston, I say. I backed the Ripple $20 to $5 ag'in her, and by thunder I've lost!" We opine that some one was taken in.

When will old Kingston follow the example set by her village vis-a-vis. There was a time when every year saw a regatta on these waters; but there is yet time; and from the advertisement of the Cataraqui Yacht Club in our columns, we are glad to perceive that the lovers of the sport may yet witness the triumph of Kingston against the world, as they did last year.

At all events it would be nothing but fair to the members of the R.C.Y.C. at Toronto to give them a chance to win back the tin they lost last year and redeem their reputation - we were going to say lost reputation: but the adjective would be misplaced. Toronto boats have never beaten Kingston ones.

Sept. 22nd, 1857 A.B.

p.3 Imports - 23.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 24, 1857