The Helen As A Harbor Tug
Motor Yacht Did Good Work Yesterday
Brought in Schooners
No Harbor Tug on Duty Yesterday -- Yacht Club Held Annual Launching Bee and Put Eight Boats in Water
There is some class to the motor boat Helen, both from a pleasure and a utilitarian standpoint, as was amply illustrated yesterday afternoon when she gave a helping hand to two big schooners and towed them to the docks, where they are to load coal. With the tug Tonawanda down the St. Lawrence for repairs, there was no harbor tug in commission yesterday when the schooners Charley Marshall and Winnie Wing arrived off this port and signaled for a tug to tow them up the harbor against a stiff nor'west breeze.
The Helen sighted them both, got under way, met them off the mouth of the river and then yanked them up against the wind, just as handily, if not quite as speedily, as any of the steam tugs could have done it. The Marshall arrived in port in the midst of the brisk little squall yesterday afternoon and without the aid of the Helen might have had some little difficulty in getting up the new harbor against the wind. It was very likely the line from the Helen was received with considerable relief.
The Winnie Wing was in a similar position when the yacht drew up alongside. While the Helen is strictly a pleasure boat, she already holds a record, probably unequaled by any yacht on Lake Ontario, for towing and rendering assistance to sailing craft. Time was when the windjammers of the fleet used to float idly for hours when calms prevailed but since the Helen has been in commission such experiences have been rare.
On more than one occasion she has picked up the entire local sailing fleet and appeared in the harbor with half a dozen or more sailing yachts towing behind her. Captain James Botting and his crew have also rescued more than one party from Lake Ontario since the boat was built.
All the active members of the Yacht Club were rather busy yesterday morning as it was the day when the bulk of the fleet hit the water for the first time this year. During the morning the Katy Gray, the Scrapiron, the Keep-kool, the Iverna, the Bessie, the Petrel and the flagship Theresa were all launched from the marine railway, the work going smoothly and without a single hitch. It is expected that all of these boats will be in commission by next Sunday afternoon.
The plans for the new club are progressing very nicely and it is expected the work will be started very shortly. The members are showing more enthusiasm than ever before and a large number of new members are to be taken in this summer. It promises to be the liveliest season since the Yacht Club was organized.