The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 27, 1876

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p.2 St. George's Picnic - at Channel Grove, Simcoe Island - Yacht Race - Four yachts from Kingston, viz., Zitella, Emma, Laura and the "Bay Boat," went over to take part in the yacht race. It was expected that the Belleville yachts would be down, but they evidently did not think the prizes sufficient to warrant their attempting the journey. Before the race the Zitella and the Bay boat had a little cruise on their own account up and down the channel, in which the Zitella proved too much for her opponent, who thought it advisable not to run in the "big race," and therefore only three yachts started. Before starting the Zitella showed her superior generalship by reefing her mainsail and hoisting her gafftopsail and balloon jib, and thus getting away ahead of her opponents, while the Emma, in trying to hoist her gafftopsail running got it foul of the rigging and had to send a man up to the mast head to let it down. After rounding the shoal tower the Laura carried away her topmast and part of her mast, and had to turn round and go home. The Zitella led the race the whole way round, the Emma coming in second. The first prize was a silver coffee urn and a white flag, and the second prize a flag. Out of six races between these two boats the Zitella won five and the other lost one on account of a heavy squall.

Marine Notes

A. Gunn & Co. - strs. Rochester from Belleville, and Adventure left for Kempville; schr. Jessie Brown from South Bay.

J. Swift - strs. Spartan from Montreal; Passport from Hamilton; Magnet, Charlotte; Armenia, Picton; Oswego Belle, Oswego and Nile from Westport.

Montreal Transportation Company - schrs. O.M. Bond, from Milwaukee, 18,700 bush. corn; Watertown, from Chicago, 26,397 bush. oats; and Folger, from Milwaukee, 19,564 bush. wheat.

St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. - schr. Heather Belle, from Goderich, 8,227 bush. wheat.

G.M. Millar & Co. - schrs. Brooklyn, from Toledo, 30,645 bush. oats, and Telegraph, from Toledo, 12,400 bush. wheat, and barges Beauport and America, from Montreal, light.

Port Colborne, July 26th - Up - schrs. Agnes Hope, Port Hope, Cleveland; Portage, Oswego, Erie, light; C.A. Valier, Collinsby, Cheboygan, light; Wm. Hunter, Hamilton, Cleveland, do.; Jane Ralston, Ogdensburg, Chicago, do.; Almeda, Toronto, Black River, do.; Pride of America, Port Metcalf, Alpena, do.; Cecelia Jeffrey, St. Catharines, Leamington, do.; G.B. Swan, Ogdensburg, Cleveland, iron ore; barks Alow, Thorold, Buffalo, coal; Alexander, Kingston, Bay City, light; Ayr, Port Metcalf, do., do.; Antelope, Port Dalhousie, do., do.; props. Granite State, Ogdensburg, Chicago, coal; Nashua, do., do., gen. cargo.

Down - schrs. Caledonia, Erie, Cobourg, coal; Elvira, Saginaw, Oswego, lumber; Lewis Wells, Ashtabula, Toronto, coal; Laura Emma, Erie, Port Colborne, do.; Erie Queen, Vermillion, Montreal, stone; Perry White, Welland, Ashtabula, coal; N.C. West, Cleveland, Prescott, coal; E.P. Dorr, Black River, Kingston, do.; Arctic, Saginaw, Quebec, lumber; Wawanosh, Bay City, Kingston, stone.

In Harbour - schrs. Ayr, Alexander, Russian and Northman.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 27, 1876