The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Aug 1896

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The schr. Fleetwing will get away for Oswego today.

The schr. Annie Falconer is in from Charlotte with coal for Swift & Co.

The str. Niko and barge Denver are in the canal from Chicago to Kingston with corn.

The water in the harbor dropped six inches last night. This is probably due to a north wind.

The schr. Phineas S. Marsh, laden with sand stone from Portage to Ashtabula, foundered yesterday in Lake Superior, five miles east of Two Heart River. The crew of the Marsh was saved.

The M.T. Co. is very busy despite the fact that there is very little grain coming in here. Three barges are trading between Prescott and Montreal and some vessels coming in here have to be sent to Portsmouth to be unloaded.

The str. Columbian arrived up this morning from Montreal. The other day, after going down the Longue Sault rapids, one of the rudder chains broke, and the boat swung around. The anchors were at once let go, and after a delay of a couple of hours the rudder was repaired and the Columbian continued on her way. There was no excitement among the passengers.

What Do The Mariners Say?

Mayor Elliot has sent out circulars to men interested in marine in the city, stating that unless good reason was given the government why it should pay a portion of the expense incurred in keeping the city clock lighted all night, the charge made in this direction would have to be withdrawn. The mayor asked for written opinion on this subject, which he would forward to Ottawa, along with his own views on the subject. There can be only one answer to the question. The great convenience of the city clock light to marine men is unquestionable. Whether coming up the river or down the lake this light is always used in approaching the harbor. The light is a good one and can be seen for miles around. It is felt that the government should not withdraw their portion of the expense. If they did the light would probably be turned off late at night.



Tenders for the above Ferry will be received up to one o'clock p.m. Monday, second day of November, 1896, at the Town Hall, Wolfe Island, and a lease of same awarded for a period not exceeding the term of seven years, from the first day of January, 1897. The lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted.

A copy of conditions required by said Township of Wolfe Island and other information will be furnished tenderers on application to the Township Clerk of said Municipality.

D.J. DAWSON, Township Clerk.

Dated Wolfe Island, July 30th, 1896.

Took The Steamer Here - Lord Russell and party embarked on Spartan for tour of Thousand Islands.

A Good Site - W. Power is in favor of the erection of an elevator on the west side of the government dry dock. At this point the water is thirty-five feet deep and a good place to accommodate vessels. If anything went wrong with crafts the dock would be convenient. The site would be between the two forwarding companies. The suggestion is a good one.

The Canoe Camp - annual meeting of the American canoe association being held on Grindstone Island.



The Canada Gets Purse, Trophy and Glory.

Toledo, Ohio, August 26th - Today's race was a straight away, windward and leeward, five knots to the leg and four legs, making a twenty knot course. The decrease in this course gave the Canada only a four minute allowance.

There was a delay of half an hour, and in the time the wind changed in Canada's favor, falling off to ten miles and shifting to south-south-west.

After the start the Vencedor was first to cross. She got out her spinaker boom and put out her balloon jib in stops before crossing. At the line she broke out her spinnaker, and after crossing carried mainsail, club topsail and spinnaker support, balloon topsail, staysail and jib. The Canada carried the same canvass except for large jib and working topsail.

The first stretch of the course was northeast and leeward.

The Vencedor was three lengths in the lead at the start, and was handled well by Capt. Barbour. The Canada was forty seconds behind. Canada's big jib topsail was blanketed by her main sail. The Vencedor rounded the second stake at 12:09; Canada rounded at 12:10:40, and got away on the port tack. Rain then began to fall, and the choppy sea then came on, making it disagreeable for thousands of spectators. The Vencedor was one third of a mile ahead on this leg, but was not gaining. The rain hurt the Vencedor's sails more than the Canada's, because the latter's were made of silk.

It was a broad reach to the fourth stake, the second on the last half course. The Vencedor rounded the stake boat first at 1:34:35; Canada at 1:36:23. The last leg on the home stretch gave both boats hard windward work. In leeward work, on the third leg of the course, the Vencedor gained. The Canada was handled better in windward work, but the stiff breeze was favorable to the American. Unofficially the Canada got allowance of 3:57:30.

The last leg was a beat to windward. The Canada did fine work. The Vencedor crossed first at 2:11:04; Canada at 2:14:35. Both boats carried mainsail, small jib-topsail, stay-sail and jib. Canada had a working top-sail instead of club. The cup defender won the trophy, purse and glory by twenty-six and one half seconds, but it was her double time allowance of 3:57:30, which gave her the decisive race. The official time follows: Canada start, 11:30:00; finish, 2:14:35. Elapsed time, 2:44:35. Corrected time, 2:40.38. Vencedor start, 11:30:00, finish, 2:11:04. Elapsed time, 2:41:04. Corrected time, 2:41:04.

p.4 The Vessel Not Sold - Detroit, Aug. 27th - C. McElroy, of St. Clair, principal owner of the Unique, which, according to a Toronto despatch, has been sold to a Mobile, Ala., man for the supposed use of Cuban filibusterers, saya the boat has not been sold, nor has there yet been any payment made on the price demanded by her owners.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Aug 1896