The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Aug 1878

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p.3 Robbery On a Boat - two men suspected of theft on R.M.L. steamer.

The Launch

Yesterday afternoon Dr. Curtis launched his new first class yacht, and ex-Mayor McKelvey christened her the G.S. Oldrieve, a compliment to the sailmaker which he certainly did not expect. There was a large number present to see the launch, which was quite successful. The yacht looks handsome in the water, and gives promise of being speedy as well as good looking. A number of gentlemen went out to Portsmouth on the tug Lady Franklin, and these congratulated the Dr. upon his possession of a craft so creditable to himself and to the city. Additions are being rapidly made to the fleet of the harbour, and aquatic sports have evidently been revived. With a yacht club with which to inaugurate regattas, and boats like the Oldrieve, the Laura, Emma, Merlin and Zitella we may expect greater interest to be manifested in boating matters in future. In the next series of races the Oldrieve will take part, and then her sailing qualities will be demonstrated beyond a doubt. Her owner is a yachtsman of considerable experience.

Yacht Stealing

On the night of Saturday the 17th inst., a couple of men stole a yacht owned by Rev. C.E. Cartwright, valued at $870 ?, from its moorings in the village of Portsmouth. Next morning it was found bottom side up, on the shore some distance up the lake, and so wrecked that it has since, we learn, been broken up for kindling wood. Information received by the Rev. Mr. Cartwright led him to have a warrant issued for the arrest of William Woods and Garret Fitzgerald, the latter being charged with aiding and abetting in the larceny. Woods was yesterday arrested, and he was to have been brought before Mr. Shroeder, J.P., but circumstances which subsequently transpired induced him to withdraw the charge. Thus Mr. Cartwright has lost his boat and those who stole it have gone unwhipt of justice.

W.W. - Admiral detained at Well's Island by Customs officers, for not having paid tonnage dues this season.

- The prop. Kincardine passed down the river yesterday with an excursion party from Belleville.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Aug 1878