The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Oct 1874

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p.2 Sunk - The schooner Centurion early this week left here for Cleveland with a cargo of iron ore. To-day a telegram reported her as sunk at Bath, a result probably of the gale. She is an old vessel and owned by the captain. She sprung a leak on the lake, a later report says, about 30 miles off Oswego, and the gale being heavy and the pumps unable to keep the water from rising, the captain (Abbott of Wolfe Island) headed the vessel for the Ducks. When they reached within a mile and a half of that point the vessel sank. The crew did not leave her until the water rose eight inches above her decks, and then they had to put off in a small boat with only one oar, and were at the mercy of a heavy sea from seven p.m. till 2 a.m., finally landing on Timber Island, being driven before the wind for hours. Thus all hands were saved, but the escape was a surprise to them. The vessel is out of sight. She was owned by the captain, who was not insured beyond the extent of his liabilities on her. The ore was not insured here.

Cobourg Regatta

The Cuthbert Wins

Cobourg, Oct. 8th - After the signal gun was fired here today the yachts started at the following time: - Lady Standy, 10:35; Ripple,10:36; Gorilla, 10:38; Brunette, 10:40; and Annie Cuthbert, 10:45. They all made for the buoy opposite Port Hope, and rounded it in the following manner: Lady Standly first; Annie Cuthbert second; Gorilla third; Brunette fourth, and the Ripple last. The race at this time was well contested, and as the wind rose the Cuthbert soon gained on the Standly, and passed her before they reached the second buoy, 5 miles east of Cobourg, at about 2 p.m. At this time quite a breeze got up, and on the return trip to the buoy opposite the harbor, the Cuthbert was about two miles ahead of the Standly. The Cuthbert then rounded the buoy opposite the harbor and made for the last buoy five miles out on the lake. On the homeward trip she made fast time, and rounded the buoy at five hours, eight minutes and thirty six seconds. The Standly rounded the winning buoy at 5:55 p.m. and took second prize. The Brunette, Gorilla, and Ripple did not get in at six o'clock, it being the time allowed, consequently, neither gets third prize. The Annie Cuthbert won the first prize by 57 minutes. The course, they ran a distance of thirty five miles, is a beautiful one. The yachts could be plainly seen during the race from the harbor to each of the buoys.

p.3 A Gale - Yesterday and last night it blew great guns and thunderbolts on the lake. The mail boats did not arrive down this morning in consequence.

The Harbor - Jas. Swift & Co. report - prop. R.W. Standley from Montreal; prop. Dromedary from do.; prop. Lake Ontario from do.; prop. City of Montreal from do.; str. Algerian from Hamilton; prop. East from Montreal. The Mail Line boats are detained by the storm east and west today.

Customs Imports - Oct. 8th - Str. Magnet, Charlotte, (mixed cargo).

Str. Scotia, Chicago, 3,722 bush. wheat; Holcolm & Stewart.

Schr. Morning Star, Fair Haven, 104 tons coal, Radford & Bastow.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Oct 1874