The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1876

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p.2 M.N. - the Calabria is sunk at foot of Matilda Canal, str. Bay of Quinte and steam pumps and barge Iroquois as lighter left Garden Island for accident.

-Yachting -

-Port Colborne - ? ; Mary Grover ashore near Brockville.


This afternoon we made an inspection of the new yachts, second class, which have been built during the past winter, and which are expected to not only revive the yachting enthusiasm in Kingston in past years, but also to win new laurels and add much to our boating fame. Two of these boats are of pretty model, and give promise of being speedy and winners of no mean place in any yachting contests in which they may engage.

One was built at Mr. A. McCorkill's yard, by Messrs. Robinson & Son, also the builders of the Laura, belonging to Mr. T. Robertson, and to which it is something similar in model and appearances. It is a cutter rigged, of ten tons burden yacht measurement. In length it is thirty one feet over all, ten feet beam and draws about a foot and a half of water. In its "natural element" (in the harbor), it sits very gracefully, the proportions and general construction of the craft being pleasing to the eye. The sails are not yet on, but they are ready for bending any time - just when required. These were made by Messrs. Oldrieve and Horn of the best material, and after the latest design. In the Emma, which we believe the new boat is to be called, and which was launched yesterday, we predict a most successful future. Indications and circumstances point that way, and we have no apprehensions of disappointment. It is owned by Mr. Geo. Offord.

Mr. Cunningham built the second yacht of second class register to which we refer. It is owned by Mr. Strange, who has a craft which, properly handled and manned, should earn a name and place among the foremost. Like Offord's, it is ten tons burden, sloop rig, thirty one feet over all, ten and a half feet beam, and draws eighteen inches water aft and fifteen forward. The boat is built of pine, double oak frame, bent frames between, one foot centres. She has a moveable cabin. The Messrs. Oldrieve & Horn are the manufacturers of the sails. Its quality may therefore be depended upon. The craft has an excellent appearance. She was modelled and built entirely by Cunningham, is of the same tonnage as the Emma, two tons more than the Laura, and has such a look and outfit as give assurances that the name of owner, builder, and the city will be sustained so far as it is concerned. It bears the euphoneous name of Zetilla. It is probable it will be launched tomorrow.

Mr. Cunningham, beside the Zetilla, has just finished the prettiest yacht that has ever been built in this section, and certainly it is the handsomest that has ever left this harbour. It is so beautiful in model, and withal has such a saucy, fascinating appearance, that while we are glad to note that Belleville with all its boasts and bragging must send here for a yacht, beside which all yachts at that port now are put in the shade, we are sorry it is not going to remain as one of the fleet of this harbor. We can only now speak of its extreme beauty. Its racing qualities have not been tested. All we can say is that if it runs as well as it looks, those flyers up the Bay will be for sale cheap in the fall. It is small, rating only third class. The two bottom planks are oak; also the shear brake. The rest is clear pine. Her stern is rounded, her deck is butter nut and cedar, the alternating colours and junction of wood presenting a pretty effect. She is two and a half tons burden, is eighteen feet over all, and six feet six inches beam, and has an air tight tank in the bow. She is finished in splendid style, and reflects the highest credit on the taste and workmanship of Mr. Cunningham. It is for Mr. J.B. Graham, merchant, of Belleville.

Both Mr. McCorkell and Mr. Cunningham are very busy making new boats and skiffs, not only for use here, but in fulfillment of orders for distant places, some being ordered from Mr. McCorkell for Manitoba, and some far down the St. Lawrence. Cedar row boats are in popular favor; several of these will make their appearance in the harbour this summer.

The most notable in small boats (in the manufacture of which they are busily engaged) are the two to complete the outfit of Capt. Cuthbert's Centennial yacht Countess of Dufferin. Mr. McCorkill is building the life-boat, large enough to hold twenty persons, and Mr. Cunningham is making the captain's gig, a smaller boat. They are both of white cedar, copper fastened, to be ready by the first of June.

In Mr. Cunningham's yard, a five ton yacht, cat rig, is finished and about to be dispatched for Mr. Geo. E. Roy, of Montreal.

- Wind Wafts - yacht Fascination at Oswego.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1876