The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 11, 1862

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My Dear News, - I am, like a great many others, very fond of yachting, and quite proud of the position our good old city holds in that line. In fact, the first Canadian yacht that ever appeared in the Illustrated London News was a Kingston yacht. I allude to the Glance. She appeared in that paper amongst Canadian news at the time the Prince was in Canada, and the illustration was the Glance winning the first-class prize in Hamilton, beating the Rivet, Wide Awake, and several others; and although a second-class boat, she won for Kingston the championship of the lake for that year. Now, Mr. Editor, are we to have a yacht by next fall to contest the Provincial Regatta for the championship of the lake? If so, now is the time, as she could be built and her trim found by that time. The way I would propose is to get her up by shares, say $20 or $30 each share, and a list left at one or two places, and also a list in the hands of one or more yachtsmen, and when said lists have sufficient names upon them to call a meeting and elect a President and a few directors, and call upon Mr. Osborne and others to bring forward models, and let the best be accepted. I am sure Mr. Osborne will do his best; but above all things, let us have a good standing keel yacht, and none of those skimming dishes. If we are to have them, let us give a small prize and class them by themselves. Let us never disgrace ourselves by giving large prizes for such sailing machines. A Provincial Exhibition in Kingston without a regatta, and a Kingston yacht winning the first prize, would lose half its charms. But I hope the above hint will be sufficient, and that myself and others will have another opportunity to

Carry on, carry on, reef none, boys, none;

Hang her out on a flowing sail;

Gunnel in, gunnel in, for the race we'll win,

While the land-lubbers so pale

Are fumbling at their points, my son,

For fear of the coming gale.

I am, yours truly,

Kingston, Dec. 9th, 1862 Rudder Head

p.3 Imports - 10.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 11, 1862