The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Dec 1895

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Twenty-Two In The Fleet Of Ice Yachts Here.

The number of ice yachts that will constitute the fleet in the harbor this year is twenty-two, a big advance on the number owned here last season. A complete list of yachts with their style of rigging and the name of the owners are:

Arrow, lateen, K.A. Cameron

Avalache (sic - Avalanche ?), sloop, S.A. Calvin

Dixie, lateen, Capt. Lee

Esquimaux, sloop, Capt. J.F. Allen

Flying Scud, sloop, Ira A. Folger

Flirt, sloop, John Gaskin, jr.

Ghost, sloop, R.R. Creighton and R.W. Brigstocke

Haze, lateen, N.C. Polson, jr.

Habitant, lateen, W.C. Kent

Hustler, sloop, J. Campbell

Icicle, lateen, W.C. Kent

Jack Frost, sloop, J.B. Carruthers

Midge, lateen, J.L. Renton

North Star, sloop, H. Hora

Pastime, sloop, F.H. Macnee

Prodigal Son, sloop, J.D. Craig

Snow Bird, sloop, H.S. Folger

Snow Flake, sloop, H.S. Folger

Spectre, sloop, E.C. and H.H. Gildersleeve

Sylph, sloop, W.B. Lesslie

Voyageur, sloop, J.D. Cartwright

Weary Watkins, sloop, W. Hora

Regattas will be held every week, if possible, for a cup and three pennants, donated by commodore H.S. Folger and vice-commodore W.C. Kent. The regatta committee will be composed of persons not interested in any way in the competing boats. An international regatta will also be held during the season.

To Build Big Boats.

Chicago, Dec. 14th - President Brown and manager Babcock of the Chicago ship building company, have returned with contracts for two steel barges, 352 feet keel, forty-four feet beam and twenty-eight deep, with five feet water bottoms. The names of those for whom the boats are to be built are not given out, but it is presumed that the ships are a part of the Rockefeller order. In that case this will make ten boats to be built for John D. Rockefeller, the Standard Oil magnate. These two contracts fill up the capacity of the Calumet ship yard until the latter part of next season and gives it a larger percentage of construction than any other shipyard on the lakes.

Repairs to the Myles - A number of workmen are preparing the block in the government dry-dock to receive the steamer Myles. She will be docked either this evening or Monday morning. The work of repairing the vessel will be done under the supervision of Capt. Davis, for Thomas Myles & Son, of Hamilton. About thirty men will be employed for a period of sixty days or perhaps longer.

Incidents of the Day - The str. Hero will be cut out of the ice and placed in Davis' dry dock for repairs, as soon as the work now being done on the Orion has been completed.

The steambarge King Ben arrived back from Glenora yesterday. To gain the wharf at Glenora the steamer had to break through several inches of ice.

New air-pump barrels for the steamer North King are being manufactured by the locomotive works.

p.4 Cut By Ice and Sunk - Amhertsburg, Dec. 14th - The steamer Ranney, from Chicago to Buffalo, with corn, was cut by the ice and sank a few miles south-east of the Dummy light last night. The water is over her deck. She is owned by Bradley, of Cleveland. Tugs and steam pumps have gone to her assistance. The ice is very heavy and making fast. A number of large steamers passed down with the Ranney and got through all right. Six passed down this morning with tugs to assist them.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Dec 1895