Cuthbert's new yacht, which he is now building at Coburg, is to be named COUNTESS OF DUFFERIN in honor of the Governor General's wife. We are sorry that he has given the yacht that name, for it necessitates, the beating of a lady, a thing a Yankee seldom does.
April 3, 1876
The COUNTESS OF DUFFERIN - Her Blocks, Mast Hoops, Dead Eyes, etc., Made in Oswego
Oswego has an interest in the new yacht COUNTESS OF DUFFERIN, launched yesterday at Coburn, which is to sail the crack yachts of the New York Club this summer for the Queen's cup, won by the yacht AMERICA several years ago against the best boats the "snug little isle" could boast of. The outfit of the new craft is the best ever put on a craft on fresh water and the managers of the boat in casting about for block, dead eyes, etc., and after examining specimens from Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, New York, Boston and Kingston, awarded the contract to Messrs. Grant and Fayette of this city without solicitation.
The blocks, now at the factory, East Second street between Cayuga and Seneca streets, ready for shipment, are the handsomest , in material and finish, we have ever seen. The shells are much heavier than those in common use while the sheaves (patent) of lignum vitae, are selected with care and turned so that nothing but a black surface is shown.
The blocks are oiled instead of painted, and present a neat appearance. The iron work, straps and hooks, is the smoothest and cleanest ever turned out here, and reflects credit upon the skill of Patrick McCrisken, the mechanic. The dead eyes and hearts (lignum vitae) are beauties in style and finish, while the mast hoops are such as will add to the general appearance of the yacht. The cost of the outfits secured here will between $400 and $500. It speaks well for the mechanical work of Oswego when Canadian yachtsmen select the handiwork of our skilled men in performance to that of the other places named. The blocks manufactured by Grant & Fayette have long been favorites among seafaring men, owing to their strength, finish and labor saving qualities.
May 11, 1876
LAUNCH OF THE YACHT COUNTESS DUFFERIN.
Coburg, Ont., May 11. -- The yacht COUNTESS DUFFERN was successfully launched today. She will leave for new York shortly, to compete for the Queen's Cup.
May 12, 1976
YACHT DUFFERIN. -- The New York World says: " It is reported on good authority that the new yacht COUNTESS OF DUFFERIN, launched at Coburg, Canada, recently, and which is to compete for the American Challenge cup, was built from a draft taken from a model made by Mr. Pat McGiehan, the well known American yacht builder."
June 10, 1876
The yacht COUNTESS OF DUFFERIN was at Quebec Monday, receiving a new mainmast. The one she stepped at kingston has a bad habit of turning around to see what was going on. The yacht MADELINE has been selected by the New York Yacht Club to sail against the COUNTESS for the Queen's Cup on the 10th, 12th. and 14th. of July.
July 3, 1876
A dispatch from Douglastown, Gaspe bay, July 3, says: " The COUNTESS OF DUFFERIN passed outside here this morning. She has made a wonderful run since she left Fox River yesterday. Weather cloudy. The new mainmast stepped at Quebec, is sound and giving great satisfaction and the crew is throughly in working order. They raced two flying coasters this morning for thirty miles, beating them hollow. The sea-going qualities of the boat are fully established.
July 13, 1876
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The Canadian yacht COUNTESS OF DUFFERIN will take part in the New York October races. Since her defeat by the MANDELEINE, The COUNTESS has been put in better trim, and Captain Cuthbert has returned home for a short while. It is intended to issue a sweeping challenge on behalf of the COUNTESS to American yachts, in which case an interesting race or series of races will ensue.
September 6, 1876
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SHIPPING REGISTER - Port of Cobourg
Register Number: One of 1876. Official Number: 7I262
Name: COUNTESS OF DUFFERIN
Tons: 81.6 Reg.
When Built: May 11,1876
Where Built: Cobourg
Masters Name: Alexander Cuthbert
Builders Name: Alexander Cuthbert of Cobourg
Description of vessel:
Length 92 feet
Breadth: 26 feet & 5/IOths.
Depth of hold: 8 feet & 4/IOths.
How Rigged: Schooner
How Built: Carvel, Oak framework
Subscribing owners: Charles Gifford of Hamilton Ont. sole owner: sold to John Prindville of Chicago U.S.A.
dated July 15, 1881.
NOTATIONS SOLD TO A FOREIGNER ON THE I5th.JULY 1881 CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRY RETURNED & REGISTER
CLOSED ON THE 6 th., Day of September 1881.
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Schooner yacht COUNTESS OF DUFFERIN.* Of 81.0 tons. Built Cobourg, Ont. 1876. 91.0 x 23.3 x 7.5
* Renamed COUNTESS - U. S. - 1887 U. S. No. 126424 [rebuilt Chicago, 1887]
Herman Runge List
Schooner yacht COUNTESS. U. S. No. 126426. Of 76.31 tons gross; 72.49 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1887. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 91.0 x 23.3 x 7.5
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1890