The Maritime History of the Great Lakes

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p.5 A Blaze at Barriefield - fire started in Archibald Rickey's boat-building establishment, at corner of Sharman's lane and Regent street; burned down along with his new house and several others.


Capt. D. Bates will purchase another vessel.

Capt. Horn, Wolfe Island, has purchased the schr. Picton. The vessel formerly belonged to Cobourg.

Vesselmen are anxious for an early opening. There is quite a lot of coal to come to Kingston next season. If other places are needful the season should be a good one for boats.

Charters are making at Chicago at 2 1/4 cents on corn to Kingston. Several Kingston charters have been made at Duluth at 2 1/2 cents per bushel. It is thought the rate will remain for some time at that figure.

The burned steamer Rideau Belle was built at Clayton about twenty years ago and was called the D.C. West. She was run between Clayton and Gananoque for several years, with John Roderick, who was half-owner, as captain.

Marine appointments have been made and those concerned are well-known here. Prop. Persia, Capt. Scott; engineer, A. Ramsay; prop. Myles, Capt. J. Mackie; prop. Acadia, engineer, J. Brown; prop. St. Magnus, Capt. John Clifford; engineer, J. Foley; prop. Arabia, Capt. Patenaude, engineer, R. Black; S.S. Rosedale, Capt. Ewart; S.S. Algonquin, Capt. James McMaugh, and Engineer Ellis.



Kingston has had three days of ice boat racing. Equipped with one of the best harbors in the country Kingston had no trouble in drawing outside boats here. They came from Clayton, Cape Vincent, Deseronto, Wolfe Island, and Garden Island, and they all came to win. A strong nor'-wester was blowing and the heavy weather boats had the advantage. The ice was perfect, and when it was considered there were about forty boats spinning around Folger's dock, where 3,000 or 4,000 men, women and children were scattered, it is wonderful that more accidents did not occur. Good management on the part of several iceboats crews saved many from being injured. Before getting away the "Say When," Cape Vincent, broke her boom and consequently had to withdraw. Other small craft were afraid to venture until finally the number to line up opposite the wharf was fifteen. These were: Halcyon, A.W. Scobell; Pastime, C.J. Root; Ghost, John Field; Say When, G.R. Hinckley, all of Cape Vincent; Wona, J. Simmons and Dixie, George Dix, Garden Island; Pequin, W. Hora, Barriefield; Rex, John Clarey, Wolfe Island; Oriental, Capt. Hatch, Deseronto; Haze, W. Charles; Gadfly, R. Irvine; The Saint, W.C. Kent; Snowflake, Howard S. Folger; Sport, K. Cameron.

The course (to asylum, to Wolfe Island, then to city) was travelled four times, a distance of about forty miles, in an hour and nine minutes, including lost time in beating against the wind from the island to the city. W.E. Kent, Kingston was an easy winner, with Pastime, Cape Vincent, as second, twelve minutes later. All the others had given up or been disabled during the fourth round. The Haze, Pequin and Dixie made a good fight until the end of the third run. The race was most exciting and the boats fairly flew before the wind. Martin Walsh, a lad, son of M. Walsh, butcher, was struck by one of the boats, and it was thought he was fatally hurt, but it turns out to be only a severe shock and bruises.

The second heat was run on Tuesday in a light wind. The heavy Kingston boats cut into the ice and were distanced. Cameron's and the Pastime lost bowsprits. The Say When, Saunders, Cape Vincent, won handily, her first race, too. The Stormy Petrel, Cape Vincent, was second.

The third heat was run Wednesday and won by Pastime, of Cape Vincent; Cherokee and Esquimalt, of Cape Vincent, following. No Kingston boats entered, wind being too light and ice too soft. The race will continue till one boat wins twice.

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    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
Rick Neilson
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