The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 28, 1876

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p.2 Yacht Race - The race which was not finished on Saturday was run this afternoon between the three local boats. The wind was blowing a perfect gale down the lake and favourable to the Emma which is a heavy weather boat. When passing the Garden Island buoy on the last round the Zitella was 8 1/2 minutes ahead of the Emma and 10 minutes ahead of the Laura. The race was not finished when we went to press.

The steamers Rochester, Empress of India and America commenced to bring excursionists to the city yesterday to attend the Central Fair. They will run at cheap rates till tomorrow. Strangers also arrived by the Cape boats today.

p.3 Amherstburg, Ont., Sept. 27th - The propeller Lady Franklin was burnt last night while laying at Clark's dock, about two miles above here. There could have been no watch kept, as the mate was lost, and the captain and rest of the crew had to jump into the river to save themselves, all being more or less injured.

The Countess of Dufferin - The Canadian yacht Countess of Dufferin, which sailed against the Madeleine in August last for the Queen's cup, was libelled on Wednesday for a debt of $43. The lug foresail was taken ashore by a deputy marshall, and is to be sold on Tuesday next. This action is likely to be followed by others, instituted by other creditors of the yacht, in consequence of the delay of the owner in fulfilling his promises of a prompt payment of the debts of the yacht contracted in this harbor, amounting to nearly $2,000. Of these, $1,700 is on the vessel herself for sails, repairs, towage, supplies, etc. Capt. Cuthbert, the principal stockholder in the Countess, has gone to Canada to raise money, and her ostensible owner, Major Gifford, went home a few days ago. When telegraphed to by creditors requesting payment he replied that they might go to Mr. Frederick Schmidt offer the yacht for $8,000 (sic). Competent judges say that she may be sold for between $3,000 and $4,000. [N.Y. Sun]

(** for correct version see editorial on Sept. 30th - ed.)

A Block In the Carrying Trade - The accumulation of grain in the elevators in Toronto has led to a difference between grain merchants and vessel men. For a week past the parties have been apart on the question of rates of freight. The merchants continue to offer 1 1/2 cents to Oswego or Kingston, which they have been paying all season. The vessel men ask 2 cents for wheat and barley, and continue firm in their demand. [Globe]

The Oriole In a Gale - Many of our readers will remember the stormy weather which prevailed on Sunday, the 17th, and which caused much damage to shipping on the lakes. The fine schooner yacht Oriole, of the R.C.Y.C. fleet, having left Toronto on the Saturday evening, was caught in the gale when coming over from Niagara, and had an excellent opportunity of testing the seaworthy qualities of the vessel and her crew. Under treble reefed main and foresail, and staysail with "bonnet" off and one reef in, she crossed the lake without parting a rope or losing a spar, and arrived at her moorings in excellent order on Sunday afternoon. The sailor-like qualities of the crew (composed principally of amateurs) were put to a severe test, and with most satisfactory results, as, with one or two exceptions, all hands were able and ready to perform the arduous duties required of them. [Mail]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 28, 1876