The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 24, 1868

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p.2 The Regatta at Cape Vincent - The race yesterday at Cape Vincent was a very exciting affair, and was the occasion of the inhabitants of the village indulging in a jovial holiday. The breeze during the race was steady and fresh, but not sufficiently strong to suit the taste of the owners of the heavier boats, whose powers of endurance enabled them to stand a gale which would have entirely swamped the smaller fry. As it was, the luck was on the side of the smaller craft, and none of them were slow to take advantage of it; on the contrary they availed themselves of every allowed stratagem to use the breeze before it had time to freshen to a degree above their powers. The course selected for the race was from the buoy at the Depot wharf round a buoy off Carlton Island round a buoy off __ Point, and back to starting buoy. Twice round the course. Twelve boats were entered, and it was appointed that they should start at intervals of one minute; there was also a restriction in canvas to the effect that no more sail should be carried going free than was used on the wind. The order of starting was - Alice Ella 1st; Shaw's Boat 2nd; Crazy Jane 3rd; Slasher 4th; Grey Eagle 5th; Pride of the Wave 6th; Canadian Life 7th, etc., etc. - and took place at about two minutes before noon; and at the arrival of the first boat at the starting buoy the first time round the course, many boats had dropped off, considering the little chance gone, and by the time the winning buoy was reached, somewhere about 15 minutes to 2 o'clock, only five of the contestants were to be heard of.

The first arrival at the winning buoy was the Crazy Jane, followed three quarters of a minute later by the Pride of the Wave, (Kingston), the Canadian Life (Kingston) within a short time after, and Shaw's Boat making a good fourth. It will thus be seen that the Pride of the Wave had the honour of taking the first prize from its twelve competitors, with about 2 1/2 minutes to spare, while the other Kingstonian only lost the second place by half a minute. The prizes were $40 for the first boat, $20 for the second, while the third saved her entrance fee.

The whole race went off pleasantly, and although there was some grumbling about certain boats throwing out ballast during the race, a very pleasant and agreeable day was spent by the large and deeply interested crowd assembled.

Although it has been the fortune of a Kingston boat to bear away the prize in this contest, yet too much praise cannot be given to those concerned in the management of the race, for the fair and impartial manner in which all the rules were carried out without exception, and we sincerely hope that when any of the Cape Vincent yachtsmen visit Kingston their luck may be similar to that of the Kingstonians yesterday, and that they will receive as fair play as was accorded yesterday they may rest assured.

There was a good deal of betting on the result, which, as usual, was mixed up with a little politics to give it a zest. The republicans backing Crazy Jane, while the democrats stuck to Shaw's Boat. The way the Pride of the Wave was handled elicited a good deal of praise, and she had numerous friends who ventured their money upon her freely.

-The Grecian was pumped out on Tuesday, and the damage suffered by her hull so repaired as to keep it free from water. The steamer Highlander yesterday attempted to pull her off, but without success, and barges have, as a consequence, been sent up to raise her by means of screws. The Grecian met with a little accident at almost the same place two years ago, and her stern then went in thirty feet of water. Capt. Kelly, determined to avoid a like result, this time drove her upon the bank at full speed, and so kept all decks above the surface, but at the same time lifted her, from the wheels forward, at least a foot above the low water line. The Highlander was attached by two nine-inch hawsers, having perhaps fifty feet of play, and at full steam brought them taut, snapping both as if they had been no stronger than whipping cord, without budging the Grecian an inch.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 24, 1868