The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 26, 1859

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p.1 The steamer Boston, that was damaged at Matilda, a short time ago, has been got off, and we are informed will again be able to resume her usual trips in a short time. The following letter to Captain T. Maxwell, of Montreal, will explain the whole matter: -

Matilda, Tuesday Evening, Aug. 16, 1859

Mr. Dear Maxwell - The Gildersleeve hauled the Boston off at 4 o'clock this afternoon. We will be able to get rid of barges so as to go for repairs to Kingston in the course of tomorrow. She does not leak near so much since hauled off, and the pumps will keep her clear with ease.

Yours in haste, P. Farrell.


A grand regatta came off at Cobourg on Tuesday, with even more than the usual eclat attending those matches, which are not, perhaps, entered into here with that spirit which they deserve. Three classes of yachts started. Those in the first class were: The Rivet (Toronto) 17 tons, C.E. Anderson; the Belle (Kingston), 19 tons, O.S. Gildersleeve; Canada (Toronto) 20 tons, S. Sherwood; Lily (Toronto) 16 tons, Capt. Durie; Irene (Cobourg), Wallace. These yachts started in splendid order at half past eleven, a.m. The Canada led till she rounded the first buoy, closely followed by the Belle and Wanderer. But after rounding the buoy at the lighthouse, and when standing in for the piers, the Rivet and Belle passed her; beating out again in the lake the Rivet passed the Belle, and from that time the race lay between those two boats. Having rounded the buoy off Grimshawe's Point, and when running before the wind, the Belle again passed the Rivet. On coming up to the vessel used as flag boat, and before standing out for the lake again, the Belle led the Rivet about one minute, ultimately she came in just by 22 seconds, but having rounded the schooner used as a flag boat, by the stern instead of by the bow, she lost the race. Independent of this wrong sailing, however, according to the chart of the course, the Rivet would have won by about 8 seconds. The crew of the Belle have entered a protest against the race. It has since been decided in favor of the Rivet. The entire length of the course, about 30 miles, the running between the Belle and Rivet was very close.

The second class yachts running numbered six. The Prima Donna (Toronto) 10 tons, A.M. Munro; Glance (Kingston) 10 tons, R. Osborne; Osprey (Cobourg) 10 tons; Laurel (American) 9 tons; Undine (Cobourg) 8 tons; and Storm Queen (Toronto) 7 tons, C.J. Grasett. The start for this race was made at 11 o'clock, from the piers, from places allotted to the several boats, and thence to a buoy off the Gull Light, about four miles west of Cobourg. The Glance led and rounded the first buoy two minutes and ten seconds ahead of the Prima Donna. They then stood in for the Cobourg Piers, going round the schooner, and thence out into the Lake again, about four miles, to enable them to weather the buoy off Grimshaw's Point, four miles east Cobourg.

On the stretch out of the Lake, the Prima Donna weathered and passed her - keeping the lead all the way home. After passing the buoy off Grimshaw's Point and running before the wind, the Glance gained on the Prima Donna about a minute and a half; but after rounding the schooner and standing out in the lake, closehaul, the Prima Donna measured her distance so that when rounding the southward buoy she was about three minutes ahead; and returning on the homeward stretch she rounded the flag-boat first by about three minutes and ten seconds, thus winning her fifteenth match.

The Glance, it may be remarked, was built by the former owners of the Prima Donna to beat the celebrated yacht Coral that won the match here last year. [Leader]

p.2 Water of the Lake - We see by a statement in the Oswego Times, that the level of the water of Lake Ontario during a period of 22 years past was lowest in March 1846, it was also nearly as low in December 1841, in March 1855, and in January 1857. The highest water was in July 1838, and it has been also high in June 1841, in June 1853, 1854 and 1856, - and in June of this year it was within half an inch of the highest water.

R.J. McHenry - The Cleveland Plain Dealer states that "this noted individual at the present writing occupies the position of cook on board the schooner Grey Eagle, in the Buffalo and Cleveland trade. The pay is $15 per month.....

Wheat Trade at Colborne - good fall expected at port. [Colborne Transcript 17th]

As the Maple Leaf was leaving Charlotte, Genessee River, on the 16th, a lad who was hauling in a fender, fell overboard and was drowned. He had only been on board a week, and belonged to Cobourg.

p.4 Grain On the Lakes For Oswego - The following table will show the names of vessels on their way to Oswego, from the Upper Lakes, with flour, wheat and corn, up to latest date:

R. Campbell Aug. 4th Chicago 11,207 corn

Harriet Ross 5th " 9,500 corn

Marquette 6th " 14,327 corn

Cascade 11th " 14,704 corn

S.H. Lathrop 12th " 13,000 wheat

Berlin 12th " 14,000 oats

Buckeye 13th " 10,000 wheat

A. Bronson 12th Toledo 12,000 wheat

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Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 26, 1859