The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 13, 1877

Full Text

p.3 Kingston Fall Regatta

The fall regatta took place today in the harbour today and was in every respect successful. A good steady breeze was blowing down the lake when the yachts started and they were favoured by the wind today. The course for second class yachts was from the starting buoy opposite Swift's Wharf to a buoy off Garden Island, thence back to the starting point, thence to Penitentiary, thence to Snake Island, thence to starting buoy and repeat. For this race the entries were: the Victorine, of Alexandria Bay, Mr. Strange's Zitella, Mr. Robertson's Laura and Mr. Offord's Emma. The yachts started at 10:38 a.m. in beautiful order and close together, but the American boat, which carried only mainsail and jib but no gaff topsail, gradually drew ahead, with the Zitella second, then the Laura and then the Emma. The Garden Island buoy was reached and passed in the following order:

H. M. S.

Victorine 10 57 30

Zitella 10 58 15

Laura 10 59 00

Emma 10 59 15

The Victorine still carried no light sails, while the Zitella had a thirty feet top-sail and a jib-top-sail, the Laura a gaff-top, and the Emma a gaff-top and balloon jib. The light-heeled Yankee, however, improved his advantage slowly coming back, and gained about fifteen seconds in the stretch to the home buoy. The three Kingston yachts kept too far to windward, and in rounding the buoy the Emma dropped her balloon jib into the water, and was considerably retarded thereby. The yachts passed the city buoy as follows

H. M. S.

Victorine 11 12 00

Zitella 11 13 00

Laura 11 14 00

Emma 11 14 30

In rounding the buoy and tacking up the Victorine showed herself well, going rapidly ahead at every turn. It was quite evident at this time that the only hope of success for any Kingston boat was in the freshening of the breeze. The lightly built American yacht, with her great breadth of beam, would then be at a disadvantage to the stauncher Canadian yachts, which could stand a stiff blow. The Victorine was only allowed into the race by the indulgence of the other yachts, her tonnage being eleven and a half tons, one and a half tons over the limit for second class yachts. The relative position of the yachts did not change going up the lake. The wind continued steady, but did not increase. The Victorine having her own breeze continued to increase the distance between herself and the Zitella, while the Laura crept up a little on the latter. The order was as follows in rounding the Penitentiary buoy:

H. M. S.

Victorine 11 56 00

Zitella 11 59 00

Laura 12 00 00

Emma 12 05 00

The Snake Island light buoy was passed in the same order and in about the same relative times, except that the Emma lost 9 minutes.

H. M. S.

Victorine 12 41 00

Zitella 12 44 00

Laura 12 44 30

Emma 12 58 00

Coming down the Emma dragged as if something was wrong on board, but the Laura and Zitella were racing tightly together, the Victorine still far ahead. The home buoy completing the first round was passed thus:

H. M. S.

Victorine 1 17 00

Zitella 1 20 00

Laura 1 22 00

Emma Nowhere

At the time of going to press the second class boats had not come in, but the Victorine was sailing down alone, followed by the Zitella at about a mile and a half distance, leaving no doubt that the $60 go to Alexandria Bay tonight.

Third Class Boats

This was open to boats of five tons and under. There were three entries, Mr. Cunningham's new boat the Mystery, the Ramsay of Gananoque, and Mr. J.B. Walkem's Qui Vive. The start was made at 11 a.m., the Mystery leading, the Ramsay second, and the Qui Vive last. The Garden Island buoy was rounded in the same order at 11:18, the Ramsay very little behind the Mystery, and the Qui Vive about a minute behind. The home buoy was reached and rounded in the following order:

H. M. S.

Mystery 11 36 00

Ramsay 11 36 20

Qui Vive 11 38 00

The Ramsay went about very clumsily, losing seven or eight seconds in doing so, but still she promised to make it an interesting race with the Mystery, which had to allow her a half a minute for her extra tonnage.

Nothing of importance occurred between this and the close of the race. The yachts came in at the following times:

H. M. S.

Mystery 2 00 00

Ramsay 2 15 30

Qui Vive 2 38 30.

Marine News

Port Colborne, Sept. 12th - Up - schrs. S. Neelon, Collins Bay, Port Colborne, light; James Platt, Oswego, Chicago, coal; Kittie, Oswego, Port Clinton, light; St. Andrew, St. Catharines, Cleveland, light; Anna Craig, Collins Bay, blank, light.

Down - schrs. Groton, Marquette, Clayton, timber; Mary, of St. Catharines, Colchester, Thorold, wheat; Corsican, Toledo, Kingston, wheat; Geo. Thurston, Cleveland, coal. Prop. City of New York, Toledo, Ogdensburg, general cargo.

In harbour - schrs. S. Neelon, Mary Copley, Anna Craig, Huron.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Original:
Sept. 13, 1877
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Rick Neilson
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 13, 1877