The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Sep 1856

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p.2 Imports - Sept. 13th - Str. Kingston, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Str. Huron, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

Str. Bay State, Oswego, (gen. cargo).

Upper Canada Provincial Exhibition - Sept. 7th - correspondent of Montreal Gazette -

(part) "I next crossed into the Kingston Dock Yard. On the stocks was the steamer Boston, which was drawn up for repairs after the unfortunate collision in which she sunk the propeller Protection. Close by her were the remains of the ill-fated Tinto, which was burned off Long Point, many of whose passengers had to meet a watery grave after escaping that by fire. At a short distance from these was a clipper, built for the lake business; in form and construction she bids fair to outrival any craft of the same dimensions which navigate our inland waters. The convenience of drawing out and launching all descriptions of vessels, seems most complete."

Outrage in Collingwood - On Tuesday last two sailors went ashore from a schooner at Collingwood, and proceeded to a small building where a Daguerrian was taking the likenesses of some females. Being in liquor the sailors insisted on going in, and the daguerrian attempted to prevent their doing so. They, however, succeeded in taking possession, and turning out the daguerrian. The latter got a warrant for their arrest; but after they had been secured, their comrades came from the schooner and rescued them. They then all went into the schooner, put the captain ashore pushed off from the wharf, and having armed themselves with axes, set the authorities to defiance. There being no sufficient force in the place to capture the ruffians, a party of volunteer militia from Barrie were sent for, but before their arrival , the fellows had left the schooner, and put off in a small boat towards the north shore of the Bay. The bringing down the volunteers will cost the country some 30 or 40 pounds.


One of the most interesting events to be connected with the ensuing Provincial Exhibition, and that which just now is exciting probably the most interest amongst Yachting men, not alone in this city, but in most of the Frontier shipping ports of the United States and Canada, is the Regatta which is to come off under the patronage of his Excellency the Governor General, in our Harbor, on the first day of the Exhibition.

This interest has been occasioned, not so much on account of the pecuniary value of the prizes to be contended for, as the national representation of the Yachts which are to contend, and the large sums of money which are said to be at issue on the result of the contest. Besides the several first class Yachts, which from time to time, have been the Champions in carrying off the cups at the Regattas on our great waters, there are on this occasion to be pitted against each other, the representative Yachts of Great Britain, the United States and Canada. The champion of the first, seems to be the favorite, an imported iron Clyde-built schooner - is long, lean and narrow, and one of the most wicked looking things in the way of sailing craft we ever looked upon. Her builder, by way of guarantee, has offered, we are told, to back her for 200 guineas against any boat of her tonnage in the world, and her owners have put up $2,000 against any named boat in this race. The U. States are to be represented by a Yacht, crafted by Mr. Steers, the builder of the celebrated Yacht America, and two New York Yachts, which have come up through the Erie Canal. Canada is to be represented by the Canadian Yachts in general, but more especially by the Prima Donna which has never been beaten, when in good trim. The Storm Queen, which is said to be a "tearer in her own weather," the Canada which has just beaten all others at the Toronto Regatta, and the just launched Belle of Kingston modeled by Osborne, the modeller of the Prima Donna, and as he says, an improvement even on that celebrated Yacht. For the last several days we have remarked the Belle shooting from the mouth of the Harbor into the lake like a perfect race horse, and from 3 to 1 offered on the Rivet against any named Yacht. The bets are beginning to be even between the Belle and Rivet. As to what the American Yachts will do, we have had no opportunity of venturing an opinion. The impression appears to be they know a trick worth two of letting the outsiders learn until the day of the race what they can do, and no one can be found at 5 to 3 to bet that an American Yacht will not be the winner.

It affords us much gratification to record the liberality with which almost every Kingstonian has entered into this Regatta; not alone in spirit, but in subscription towards the prizes.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Sep 1856