The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Jan 1897

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - The M.T. Co. has about 100 men employed making repairs to the different steamers, tugs and barges composing the fleet here.

Jan. 15, 1897

p.1 Meeting of Regatta Committee - A meeting of the regatta committee of the ice yacht club was held yesterday afternoon, when Capt. F. Strange was elected chairman and R.W. Brigstocke secretary for the season. It was decided to call the first of the series of races for club pennants on Saturday afternoon at three o'clock. The course will be triangular, legs one mile and a third long. Yachts must sail over the course three times, making a twelve mile race. The yacht drawing the first number (No. 1) will in all cases draw the first position next to the home buoy. A time limit of seventy-five minutes was placed on the race. During the race tomorrow A. Horn will act as chairman of the regatta committee, in the absence of Capt. Strange.

Kingstonians in Sport.

There are now twenty-five ice-yachts enrolled in the local club fleet.

Today John Gaskin, jr., had a bridge placed above the cross beam on his new yacht Vivid, to prevent sagging.

The course over which all the club races will be sailed this season was staked out on the ice today. It lies much in the same position as the one used last season.

There are only two yachts in the fleet this season that are lateen rigged, the Icicle, owned by commodore W.C. Kent, and Haze, owned by E.H. Pense. The othes are sloop rigged.

Quite a few yachts were out yesterday afternoon skimming over the icy surface. From appearances the Whistlewing, owned by commodore W.C. Kent and Pastime are the two fleetest craft in the harbor.

Yesterday afternoon Capt. Lee had his ice yacht Torpedo set up on the ice. Like many other "T" boats, it sagged in the cross-beam. In order to make the yacht a success it will be necessary to build a bridge across the beam, in order to prevent sagging.

The Pastime, owned by F.H. Macnee, has been fitted with a set of new skates, which are marvels of beauty. Her sails and rigging have been overhauled, and today she is the most trim and complete craft in the fleet. She ought to have no trouble in winning this season.

For racing purposes ice yachts in the local fleet have been divided into three classes. The first consists of all yachts carring sail area of 400 square feet or over; the second of all yachts carrying 250 and under 400 square feet; and the third of all yachts having less than 250 square feet of sail. A pennant will be awarded the winner in each class.

p.4 A Pleasure Steamer - Watertown, Jan. 14th - new passenger steamer to run between Oswego and Thousand Islands, to take place of Bon Voyage.

He Is Not Responsible - letter from J.J. Baker of Wolfe Island saying he is not responsible for communications about ferry.

Wolfe Island Township Council - moved, that the clerk write the lieutenant-governor-in-council, urging upon him on behalf of the new council the necessity of granting to the township of Wolfe Island the renewal of the license for a ferry between Wolfe Island and the city of Kingston.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Jan 1897