The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Sep 1856

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p.2 Imports - Sept. 11th - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Str. Brantford, Montreal, (gen. cargo)

Str. New Era, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

Str. New York, Oswego, (gen. cargo).

Exports - Sept. 11th - Barque Clayton, Chicago, 259,200 feet sawed lumber.

Schooner Sarah Bond, Oswego, 143,000 feet sawed lumber, 4 cords lath.


The annual Regatta and Boat Races of the Toronto Yacht and Rowing Clubs came off on Tuesday with some eclat. The day was beautiful, and the Bay being crowded with various craft, some of them "dressed" in their best, had quite a brilliant appearance. The wharves too, were occupied by some thousands of spectators, and the steamer Mayflower, which was chartered for the occasion, had a very large number of ladies and gentlemen on board, anxious to witness the aquatics. The band of the Royal Canadian Rifles, which was on board the steamer, also added greatly to the attractions of the day, they keeping up the performance of a series of select airs. The morning was quite calm, and considerable fears were entertained lest there should not be wind enough to start the yachts. However, about noon a smart breeze sprunk up, and they went out in gallant order. Considering the mildness of the wind towards evening, the sailing was excellent, and the yachts were well up to time. The Boat races were also well contested.

The following is a programme of the "events":


The course was from the Bay to the Humber, out into the Lake and back again, a distance of twenty-two miles. The following vessels started:

Undine, sloop, owned by J. Birchall, ten tons.

Rivet, schooner, owned by J. Henderson, 16 tons.

Cygnet, schooner, owned by the Commodore, 8 tons.

Queen, schooner, owned by the Vice-Commodore, 7 tons.

Fairy, sloop, owned by K. Tully, 4 tons.

Wave, sloop, owned by the Captain, 6 1/2 tons.

Storm Queen, sloop, owned by Chas. B. Grasset, 6 tons.

Osprey, owned by S.T. Green, 9 tons.

Canada, sloop, owned by F. Collins, 20 1/2 tons.

Nora Creina, schooner, owned by Major Magrath, 10 tons.

Flirt, lugger, owned by W.H. Pardy, 3 tons.

Only five of the vessels sailed over the course, and the time which they occupied was as follows:

h. m. s.

1st - Canada 5 30 0

2nd - Osprey 5 35 10

3rd - Storm Queen 5 56 10

4th - Rivet 5 57 0

5th - Fairy 7 1 0

The prize to the first boat is 50 pounds, to the second 30 pounds, and to the third 20 pounds.

(more details given of open boat race and rowing matches)

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Sep 1856