The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 May 1867

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p.2 The Grecian - salvage efforts continue. [Montreal News]


Capt. Taylor's new vessel was launched from the Kingston Shipyard today in the presence of a large number of spectators. The hour announced for the launch was 11 a.m.; but owing to the usual incidental delays, it did not take place until very near noon, when she glided from the ways to her intended element amid the loud cheers of those assembled.

Miss Annie Falconer, the fair daughter of our worthy Townsman, stood godmother for the new craft, and declared her name to be the Annie Falconer by the usual ceremonial of smashing a bottle of Burgundy on the schooner's stem.

The custom of smashing a bottle of wine upon a newly-launched vessel, although one of great antiquity and much reverenced by sailors, cannot find favour with total abstinence men, one of whom was heard to exclaim, as the aromatic contents sprinkled the schooner; - "Why was not the wine sold and the contents given to the poor?" Such was the speech of the greatest hypocrite of antiquity; yet we do admit that the liquor might have been bestowed by the fair lady upon a more appreciative object than a mass of inanimate matter.

Long may the good schooner "Annie Falconer, of Kingston," walk the water like a thing of life, and realize the expectations of her enterprising projector.

A Laughable thing happened during this Launch. The lady who was to have christened the vessel, (Miss Annie Falconer,) failed to hit her with the bottle as she glided off the ways, and the bottle fell on the platform. Upon this a Scotsman made a grasp at the bottle and took a good pull at it, but found to his horror that it was water that he had drunk, another Scotsman having been before him and drunk the wine an hour before the Launch, filling the bottle with water.

-V.P.T.W.C. - 20.

p.3 The Hercules - crew changes are made.

-The Heron arrived from Toronto.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 May 1867