The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Dec 1896

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Ice Yachtsmen Are Now Waiting For Good Ice.

E.C. Gildersleeve has renamed his ice-yacht Slippery Jack.

Arthur McMorine yesterday put into complete readiness his white winged flyer, Redbird.

Reeve Fisher's new ice yacht Defiance is larger than the old craft. She carries over 600 square feet of canvas.

The dimensions of Capt. Lee's yacht Torpedo are: Length over all, 27 ft. 6 in.; across plank, 15 ft. 6 in.; boom 24 ft. 6 in.; sail area 360 square feet.

James Macnee was busily employed yesterday in fitting up the Pastime, owned by his brother Francis H. The yacht is practically the same as when in commission last season.

The Spectre, owned by E.C. Gildersleeve, has been wonderfully improved and will be practically a new boat when placed on the ice. She will be ready in a couple of days.

Capt. C. Hinckley will have a fine yacht on the ice this season. He has named her Troubler. She is in readiness to be placed in commission just as soon as the ice is sufficiently strong.

In point of beauty The Breeze, owned by ex-commodore H.S. Folger, is the daddy of them all. The dimensions are: Length over all, twenty-seven feet six inches; across plank, 16 feet; boom, twenty-one feet six inches; sail area 360 square feet. She is constructed of British Columbia cedar, finished in oil. All iron work about her, including screw heads, bolt heads, clasps, (two unreadable words - fold in paper) head; skate-rockers, etc., is silver-plated, giving the yacht a beautiful appearance.

Commodore W.C. Kent's new yacht Whistlewing is a thing of beauty, and if she is speedy enough to win she will prove herself a joy forever. No expense has been spared in adding to her richness of appearance and when she takes her place in the fleet she will be classed with the stylish ones. Whereever possible her woodwork has been artistically carved, the entire woodwork being finished in oil. Her dimensions are: Length over all, 29 ft. 6 in.; across plank, 16 ft.; length of boom, 24 ft.; sail area, 396 square feet......

Dec. 30, 1896

p.1 Burning of the Caroline - event from Dec. 29th, 1837 recalled - recounts how the steamer Caroline was captured and set on fire, sent over Niagara Falls.



The tug Rescue, owned by Daly Bros., Ogdensburg, N.Y., came near being destroyed by fire at Oswego, N.Y., Wednesday night. The tug was lying at the dock back of the old academy of music, when persons on the bridge saw that she was enveloped in smoke. Capt. Bates gave the alarm and half a dozen men with buckets of water extinguished the fire. The woodwork was considerably damaged. Had the fire got started the tug would have been burned to the water's edge, as the department was at another fire.

Dec. 31, 1896


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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Dec 1896