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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jan 1879

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Captain Cuthbert As A Yachtsman.

(To the Editor of the British Whig;)

Sir; - There has been considerable discussion of late in the press of Kingston and Belleville, also amongst the yachtsmen of the Province, concerning the ability of Capt. Cuthbert and his brother yacht builders. I infer the cause of the discussion was the appearance of a letter in the News of the 20th inst., doing but mere justice to the ability of Capt. Cuthbert as a yacht modeler, builder and sailor of the first rank.

Now, let us take up his career and professional eminence, well earned in fast sailing races with yachts of his own build, also with those of other builders. He started sailing yachts some twenty years ago, shortly afterwards building them.

The John A. Macdonald, well known in Kingston as the fastest yacht of her day, was the first first-class yacht built by him. The Lady Stanley, Annie Cuthbert, Katie Grey, Surprise, Countess of Dufferin, Kathleen, Lathwing, steam yachts Fairy, Madcap, Annie Gilbert, Wide Awake, and many others, followed in quick succession, also alterations and improvements in a very large number of yachts of other builders.

The yachts named above he has invariably sailed to victory, and are today the fastest in the country. This is a grand and powerful reference that any yachtsman would be proud of, and an important factor for him to claim, being the first yachtsman in Canada, which he assuredly is. Let those men who can show anything to compare with this record do so, but I am of opinion that their exertions, no matter how great, will be in vain. If this gentleman who has done so much for his profession, who has done Canada the honour of winning many a well contested international race with his American neighbours on all of the great lakes, who now holds the Queen's Cup which he so gallantly wrested from the Americans in Detroit, in August 1874 - if, I say, he had been in another country they would have shown him more consideration than the people of his native country have done. There is one thing which I as a yachtsman, and I trust all lovers of the same sport would wish, and that is that Capt. Cuthbert would once more take the Countess of Dufferin to New York City, and there again test, for the sake of Canada, the sailing qualities of those renowned New York boats, and the ability of their builders, but would it be fair to ask him to stand all the expenses of such an undertaking? Assuredly not. If he can accomplish, and I believe he can, that which all English yachtsmen failed to do, to win back the Queen's cup wrested from England by the old America, then what an honour it would be to Canada.

I would now propose, and trust that the press and yachtsmen of this country will support the proposal, that the cities and towns of the whole Dominion, that are particularly interested in yachting, form clubs, the central club to be in Kingston, for the purpose of canvassing the country, to raise a bonus in aid of the Countess of Dufferin, and for the honour of Canada, to take her out of chancery and send her back to New York city with Capt. Cuthbert, to win that much coveted prize, the Queen's Cup, so long held by the New Yorkers. The amount that would be required, taking into consideration the large number of places interested, would be very small from each

As the Marquis, our honored Governor General, is, I believe, greatly interested in yachting, and his Royal wife, the only daughter of Her Majesty who lives in an English colony, at present amongst us, would it not be an opportune time for Canada to make a grand effort this coming summer for the highest prize in yachting circles, the Queen's Cup, in honor of our distinguished visitors.

Trusting that the press and those interested in this manly sport will not fail to use their best endeavours to forward this grand enterprise.

I am, yours truly,

A Lover Of The Sport

p.3 Light Houses - men seeking position of Inspector of Light Houses on Lake Ontario.

Vessel Men - The vessel men of this and other ports are considerably interested in the Bill now before the U.S. Senate, which proposes to admit of Canadian bottoms trading in American water, between any desirable points, under certain very favorable conditions. Should the Bill become law up freights must become better and more profitable.

City Council - The M.T. Company - Mr. P.R. Henderson, the agent of the M.T. Company, wrote as follows: The subscriber sent a communication to the Council last August respecting rebate of the taxes of the M.T. Company for 1876, and which it appears the Collector now asks to be paid. The Council took no action on the said communication until the last meeting of the Council for 1878, when they declined to accept the recommendation of the Finance Committee to allow said rebate to prevail. Since that time the Company have been in communication with the Council of the Municipality of Portsmouth, to ascertain on what terms they could remove their business to that point. We have now before us their answer, offering the use of their pier free of rent and taxes, and they also quarantee that no taxes will be levied upon any of their floating stock or elevators. This offer we have not yet submitted to our head office in Montreal, and consider it best that the Council should reconsider its former action in this matter, so that the forwarders may be as well treated as the vessel and steamboat owners: that you (the Council) will grant them such assurances as will at least place their floating property free of taxes. When we get an answer to this communication we will then be able to place both the merits of Kingston and Portsmouth in their true light before the Company for consideration. Hoping you will give this matter a fair hearing, and do what you consider best for the interests of the city, etc.

On motion of Ald. McKelvey the communication was referred to the Finance Committee to report.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jan 1879