The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Nov 1895

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Something New In Boats.

The Icicle is the name of a new ice yacht being built for W.C. Kent by R. Coffey, boat builder. It is built upon entirely new plans from anything ever constructed in this city for skimming the frozen surface of the river. Its dimensions are: length over all, 28 feet; from bow to stern, 18 feet; across plank, 18 feet; amidships, 8 feet 6 inches. It is provided with a new style of rocker skate, an improvement on anything of the like as yet brought into the city. A light but sustantial railing runs around the gunwale, four inches above the deck. All the square edges are champered. It is painted a wine color and striped a dark brown, being finished in varnish. Its great peculiarity lies in the rigging. It is fitted with an "A" mast; uprights extending to a peak above the deck from port and starboard, just forward amidships. A lateen sail is fitted to this, the peak extending out to answer the purpose of a jib. The boom is fastened to the deck and works on a swivel, the gaff to the peak of the "A" mast. By this arrangement it is possible to secure a taunt, flat sheet, necessary for fast sailing. The mountings throughout are of polished brass. The Icicle will be the most unique and among the fastest in the harbor. It will carry a spread of sail of 466 feet.

The same builder is also at work on a twenty-foot skiff to try to eclipse, for speed, anything at present owned in the city. The model is a perfect beauty. It is being built for the well-known owner of a fast sailing skiff. An eighty-eight foot class skiff is under construction for a syndicate of local sports. It will carry over 600 square feet of canvass. The two fastest skiffs at present in the city, the Wonka and the Trilby, and the canoe Crescent, that competed in the international race at New York, were turned out by this builder.


The sloop Idlewild, from Bay of Quinte ports, is at James Richardson & Sons' elevator with peas.

The tug Thomson cleared this morning for Montreal with four barges laden with 75,000 bushels of grain.

The str. James Swift has been put on the Hero's route, and will take that vessel's place until she has been repaired.

A telegram from William Lesslie, yesterday, stated that the prop. Owen Sound and schr. Worts had not been released, owing to the severity of the weather.

It is reported that an investigation will be held into the cause of the collision between the strs. Hero and Nile. The Hero will be on her route about the close of this week.

The propellers Melbourne, with 23,800 bushels of wheat, and the Glengarry, with 85,000 ? bushels of wheat, from Fort William, arrived at the M.T. Co.'s dock this morning.

The barge Glenora was hauled out at the M.T. Co.'s ship yard today. With this boat to be rebuilt and a new one to be completed there should be work enough here for carpenters all winter.

At Port Colborne the water in the canal is lower than it has been for thirty-five years. The depth of water on the lock sill of the Welland canal is eleven feet eleven inches, whereas it should be fourteen feet.

General Paragraphs - H.H. Gildersleeve, manager of the Lake Ontario Navigation Co., is thinking seriously of taking the steamers North King and Hero from here and laying them up at some other port, owing to the court of revision in sustaining the assessment placed upon these boats and objected to as being too high.

Has Sailed Many Years - John Kean, sailor on Fabiola, served in U.S. navy during American war.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Nov 1895