The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 1, 1863

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To the Editor of the Daily News -

Sir; - In three weeks the Provincial Exhibition will take place, and if we are to have a Regatta at that time, some steps should be taken without further delay.

It will be a sad disgrace to Kingston, and another indication of the lack of public spirit with which the town has been so often taunted, if it has to confess itself unequal to the task of getting up a Regatta on an occasion like this, which occurs but once in three or four years; while places of half its size, and not half its advantages, have their Regatta annually.

If it be impossible to raise any large sum, let small prizes be offered, and let a part of the deficiency be made up by charging high entrance fees - say, $12 for first class yachts, $7 for second class, and $4 for open boats.

In the last named class there would doubtless be numerous entries from Kingston itself; and of second class yachts belonging to Kingston there would probably be three - the Garibaldi, the Fairy, and a powerful yacht of 10 tons which the well-known builder, Mr. La Chapelle, of Barriefield, is now constructing for the owner of the late unfortunate Bay Queen, and which is expected to turn out at least as great a success as that celebrated yacht, built by him four or five years ago, before he had achieved his present deservedly high reputation for skill and science in his profession. Besides these, a large number of yachts would probably come from Toronto, Cobourg, and Hamilton; for I know it to be a fact, that the Western yachtsmen are calculating upon our Regatta as a certainty, and making their preparations accordingly.

Hoping that you, Mr. Editor, may be able to rouse the citizens to do something for the honor of Kingston,

I remain, your obedient servant, Triton Kingston, Sept. 1st.

p.3 Imports - 31; Clearances - 30.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 1, 1863