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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jan 1897

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(available on microfilm at Kingston Frontenac Public Library and at Queen's University - Stauffer Library)

Jan. 2, 1897

p.1 To Build A Yacht - Capt. L.G. Coman, of this city, has been instructed by Miss Marguerite Knoff, daughter of the owner of Milton Island, to build this winter and have ready for the opening of navigation next spring, a centre-board sloop yacht of these dimensions: Length over all, twenty-five feet; beam five feet; depth of hold, two feet. She will be designed and constructed with a view to speed. During the winter months there will also be built at Milton Island a large and complete bathing house.

Erecting The Extension - of the grain elevator at Prescott.

Inspected The Ice Yachts - Sir Richard Cartwright will suggest that Lady Aberdeen visit and sail on the local ice yachts.

Jan. 4, 1897



Ice Yachting Has Not Yet Materialized.

The question which puzzled Hamlet of yore, "To be or not to be," is at present agitating the minds of ice yacht owners, who are wondering if there is to be or not to be ice yachting this season. So far the elements have ruled adversely to the desires of the yachtmen, who say nothing but try and keep in sight that delusive will-o'-the-wisp "hope." The little four-by-nine clear sheet that did form in the western portion of the harbor was broken up by the action of the wind Saturday and is now piled up in chaos. There seems to be no possibility of it being driven out into the lake to make way for a smooth "take," and the only chance for good yachting this season seems to be an early freeze-up, a heavy snow storm, a thaw, and then another freeze-up.This would produce a surface sufficiently smooth for yachting. As a yacht owner gazed out over the broken and grating flows yesterday he was heard to murmer: "Unfading hope! When this bleak mass is ice sublime, will I hoist sail and o'er it skim, as fleet as time."

On Saturday Capt. A.H. Lee received from the commodore of the Hudson River ice yacht club an answer to his challenge for a friendly race between his yacht Torpedo and one of the fleet of the Hudson River club. The commodore regretted that the challenge was not for the championship trophy, but hoped that next season the Kingston club would see its way clear to issue one. Regarding a friendly race the commodore said it would be necessary for Torpedo to be there, as the ice on the Hudson comes and goes quickly, leaving the season very short. The Torpedo might have to remain a greater part of the winter before being accommodated, as club races, etc., would keep the fleet busy for some time. Under these circumstances Capt. Lee has decided not to go down to the Hudson with his yacht this season. He will, however, accept the invitation of the commodore to be a guest of the club at its quarters and to enjoy a spin on the crafts that skim over the Hudson.

Toronto Star: The fact that a member of the Kingston ice-yacht club has challenged or spoken of challenging for the Hudson River pennant, has created quite a stir among ice-yacht owners in this city. Their views upon the matter can be summed up as follows: If Kingston can have an ice-yacht association why cannot Toronto? If Kingston can challenge for the pennant why should not Toronto? And the result of these reflections is that steps are being taken to form a local association. Ned Hanlan is one of the men who is pushing the association idea along.

"There is no reason why it should not be done at once," he said. "Ice boating is an old sport on Toronto Bay and there are men here who can sail a boat against anyone. If Capt. Lee, of Kingston, wants a race, let him come up here and sail against our men. My belief is that some of our skimmers will give him a mile in ten." If Torontonians want to learn a thing ot two about ice-yachts, let them come to Kingston, the home of ice-yachting.

More Will Be Added - The new Pintech gas buoys placed on shoals in the St. Lawrence river the past season have given such good satisfaction that five new ones will be placed next season. They are a wonderful aid to navigation at night.

Here's Something Unusual - Take note of this. On the fourth day of January, 1897, the steamer Chieftain crossed to the city from Garden Island, and steam was raised in the boilers of the steamer Pierrepont preparatory to making a trip to Cape Vincent on Tuesday. Also that the weather was so mild that even light overcoats were cumbersome.

Marine Postal Service - Sailors at this port who have been benefited by the marine postal service at Detroit will be pleased to learn that the service is to be continued and improved. It is proposed by the American government to build a small steamer which will be fitted up with all conveniences and appliances for facilitating the work of this new and important branch of the postal service. Last summer the service was regarded as a success, and the department is anxious to perfect it if possible. All craft passing either up or down the Detroit river are hailed and mail, if any, delivered to those aboard, or taken from the sailors and forwarded as directed.

Navigation Still Open - The steamer Chieftain on her trip across from Garden Island this morning, landed her passengers at the wharf at Rockwood hospital for the insane. No ice was encountered on the way over. The steamer Pierrepont was in readiness for a trip at one o'clock, and it was expected she would venture out during the afternoon.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jan 1897