The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 20, 1879

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To the Editor of the Daily News.

Sir; - Capt. Cuthbert, the well-known Canadian yacht-builder, is at present in this city making certain improvements on the steam yacht Cruiser, owned by Mr. A. Gilmour, of Ottawa, he (Captain Cuthbert) having been engaged to improve on the building of Captain Pierce, the American contractor. As Captain Cuthbert is among us, and is also willing to make Kingston his home, would it not be well for the citizens of this city who take an interest in yachting to call a meeting at an early day at the British American Hotel or some other suitable place to see if they could not secure his valuable services. Being the builder of the sailing yacht Countess of Dufferin, which is his masterpiece, and he having confidence still that she can beat any American yacht, he would be a great acquisition to our yachting circles. The Countess of Dufferin is now lying in the port of Cobourg in Chancery, she having met with a series of difficulties since she first touched salt water. Captain Cuthbert is the rightful owner, but parties not having a great love for the Captain have attempted to deprive him of his position and ownership.

Kingston, in times gone by, has taken the lead in all such sports. Now she is away in the background. Still, a favourable opportunity has now occurred for her to retrieve these laurels that she has lost, which can easily be done by bringing the Countess of Dufferin from Cobourg to this harbour. I merely make this suggestion to the citizens, trusting that they will immediately take it into their favourable consideration.

Yours, etc.

A Devoted Kingston Yachtsman.

Jan. 18th

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 20, 1879