The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 10, 1876

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p.2 A Losing Transaction - Mr. Cornelius Daly, who dredged a portion of the Kingston and Picton harbours, has completed the work of deepening the harbour at Port Darlington, and it is said will be a loser to a considerable amount by the transaction.

The Yacht - Last night and this morning large numbers visited the Countess of Dufferin on the Marine Railway. Work on her is progressing rapidly, but she is not expected to get away until Monday. The new mainmast is being rapidly made by Mr. Power, and will be run up probably this afternoon.

Yacht Race

Yesterday the yacht race between the Zitella and Emma of Kingston and the Katie Gray of Belleville took place. The Zitella was sailed by Mr. Henry Cunningham, the Emma by Mr. Offord and the Katie Gray by Captain Cuthbert of the Countess of Dufferin. The morning opened fine with a light southwest wind, the sun shining brightly and everything seemed to be in favour of a good race. The course was from a buoy off the Shoal Tower to a buoy off Garden Island, thence to home buoy, thence to buoy off Portsmouth, thence to buoy off Snake Island Lighthouse, thence home and repeat. About 11:20 the yachts having got in place, were started by Mr. Wilson, making a very pretty start, going in a bunch over to Garden Island. The Zitella managed to get around the buoy first, closely followed by the Katie Gray and Emma. The home buoy was rounded in the same order, but on going up to Portsmouth the yachts were struck by a heavy squall, and the Zitella in trying to reef carried away the cleat on her main boom and afterwards became so (sic) that she lost twenty-five minutes. The buoys were rounded as follows: Buoy off Lighthouse, Katie Gray 1:12; Emma 1:20; Zitella 1:35. Home buoy, Katie Gray, 1:52; Emma, 1:58; Zitella, 2:11. Garden Island buoy, Katie Gray 1:67; Emma, 2:14; Zitella, 2:24. Home buoy, 2:21; Emma, 2:29; Zitella, 2:41. Portsmouth buoy, 2:42; Emma, 2:50; Zitella, 3:04. Lighthouse buoy, 3:19; Emma, 2:30; Zitella, 3:38. Home buoy, 3:48; Emma, 3:58; Zitella, 4:05. The race was therefore won by the Katie Gray, but it will be seen by the above figures that the Katie Gray was twenty-three minutes ahead of the Zitella on rounding the Portsmouth buoy the first time, and only seventeen on rounding the home buoy the last time, showing that the Zitella gained on her six minutes. The owner of the Zitella feels confident that he has the best boat and intends to show the Katie Gray a clean pair of heels at Belleville on the first of July. Of course our Belleville friends will crow over winning this race, but they only did so from the fact of the Katie Gray being sailed by Captain Cuthbert, and the wind being light. She was easily beat last fall by the Laura, of Kingston, and we have no doubt that she will have a view from the rear on the date above mentioned.

Marine Notes

There was not much doing in the harbour this morning, but a fair wind blowing would probably bring down several vessels this afternoon.

Holcomb & Stewart's Wharf - Arrived - The prop. Alma Munro, from Chatham, lightened 4,000 bush. oats and proceeded to Montreal. The Lincoln and Lisgar were expected to arrive today.

Montreal Transportation Company - Arrived - schr. Wave Crest, from Toronto, 11,125 bush. wheat. A tow will leave this evening.

St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. - Arrived - schr. A.J. Dewey, from Chicago, 15,828 bush. corn.

Garden Island - Arrived - schrs. J.R. Benson, Toledo, timber; Gleniffer, Bay City, do.; St. Lawrence, Lake Superior, do.; bark London, Toledo, do. The barge Ark arrived from Quebec in tow of the tug Hiram A. Calvin, and is unloading coal.

Swift's Wharf - Called, the Oswego Belle from Belleville, the Kincardine from Oswego, the Corsican from Hamilton, and the Spartan from Montreal.

Port Colborne, June 9th - Up - schrs. B. Barwick, Port Metcalfe, Toledo, light; Erie Stewart, Toronto, Port Dover, do.; prop. Champlain, Ogdensburg, Chicago, do.

Down - schrs. Brooklyn, Toledo, Kingston, corn; S. Amsden, Port Rowan, do., grain; Nellie Wilder, Milwaukee, Sackett's Harbour, wheat; W. Keller, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; Erie Belle, Kincardine, do., do.; New Dominion, do., do., do.; Magellan, Bay City, Collinsby, timber; Comanche, Chicago, Kingston, oats; R. Gaskin, Hammond Bay, Collinsby, timber; Montgomery, Detroit, Clayton, do.; Anna Craig, Bay City, do., do.; Mineral State, Chicago, Kingston, oats.

In harbour - schrs. Trade Wind, Cataract, Erie Stewart, tug G.H. Barker (Parker ?).

p.3 Midland, June 9th - Capt. McPherson, of the schooner Tecumseh, reports a large propeller and two barges ashore on Snake Island at the entrance of the Georgian Bay. They went on during the thunderstorm of Wednesday night.

Hamilton, June 9th - The propeller Cuba has arrived at Burlington Beach with a quantity of the railroad iron for the H. & N.W.R.R., and is unloading at the piers.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 10, 1876