The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Jan 1897

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - The K. & M. forwarding company put twenty-five men to work yesterday to make general repairs to the vessels wintering here.

The Trial Ice Yacht Race - race to determine who will defend the Walker trophy in the international race tomorrow; sixteen entries with names and owners listed; Breeze, Typhoon, Whistlewing and Jack Frost were first across the line.

p.4 Hope Kingston Will Get Them - The Kingston manager of the Montreal transportation company, besides placing plans and specifications in the western foundries for steel barges, has asked two Kingston establishments to tender, and they are putting in offers that will be well worth consideration. The directors of the company hold a meeting within two days at Montreal, and it is hoped that Kingston will receive the contracts.

Feb. 12, 1897


Choose A Good Site.

To the Editor;

Kingston, Feb. 12th - As we are about to have an elevator great care should be exercised in choosing the proper site for its location, as the success or want of it will be mainly due to such choice.

While not wishing to detract in the least from the excellent work done for the city by the Montreal transportation company and Kingston and Montreal transportation company, yet in this emergency, where we are gradually losing ground and the trade is being diverted to other places, we should look facts squarely in the face and ascertain, if possible, the cause of such diversion. In my opinion the large number of vessels which grounded in trying to reach the Montreal transportation company's present place of operations is one potent factor towards diverting the trade to Prescott and Ogdensburg. The difficult entrance to the narrow pier harbor at the west end of the city (especially when the wind is blowing from the south), where the Kingston and Montreal forwarding company is located, comes next in order. It behoves us then, if we have the best interests of the city in view, to choose a site for the elevator which shall be perfectly free from such difficulties, where there is good shelter and plenty of water, so that vessels may be quite sure of getting there without grounding.

Every captain whose vessel strikes the bottom heralds the account of it far and near, and thus Kingston gets the name of being an undesirable port to charter to. Hoping that wisdom will guide us in choosing the best available situation for the elevator, and that prosperity may ensue, I remain yours for the good of the city.



The second race by local ice yachts of the second class for the Kingston ice yacht club pennant, was sailed yesterday afternoon over a fifteen mile course on the harbor. When, at four o'clock, the yachts took their places for the start, a stiff breeze was blowing and there was every prospect that the contest would be a speedy one. Expectations were fulfilled in this respect and as the flyers passed the home buoy, on the commencement of the second lap, each one had taken a reef in her sails.

There were fourteen competitors at the start, but, unfortunately, three of the competing craft - the Flying Scud, the Prodigal Son and the Troubler - broke down during the progress of the race and were obliged to drop out. The race on this occasion was "to the swift and the battle to the strong." There was a goodly attendance of spectators and the race excited the greatest interest.

The yachts that lined up for the start were: Chinook, R.W. Brigstocke; Flying Scud, J.M. McKay, jr.; Jack Frost, J.B. Carruthers; Woolloo Moolloo, H. Sullivan; Torpedo, Capt. A.H. Lee; Pastime, F.H. Macnee; Prodigal Son, J.D. Craig; Breeze, H.S. Folger; Troubler, W.C. Hinckley; Typhoon, B.W. Folger, jr.; Vivid, J. Gaskin, jr.; Defiance, John Fisher; Whistlewing, W.C. Kent; Dolphin, F. Somerville.

A good start was made, and for a short distance the yachts were pretty well bunched together. Soon, however, the peculiar adaptability of several of the flyers to prevailing conditions was manifested, and ere long it became plainly apparent which would be the winners.

The victory fell to W.C. Kent's Whistlewing, which shot past the home buoy on the third lap, just thirty three minutes and thirty seconds after the start was made. The Whistlewing was followed closely by H.S. Folger's Breeze, and F. Somerville's Dolphin finished in third place.

The Whistlewing will fly the club's second-class pennant this season, yesterday's being her second victory. For the first-class pennant the Chinook and the Slippery Jack stand ties, while no points have, as yet, been scored in the third-class contest.

Feb. 13, 1897

p.4 General Paragraphs - Capt. W.A. Carson, of Brighton, has sold his fast little schooner the Wave Crest, to Capt. W. Clements, Port Hope.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Jan 1897