The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Mar 1897

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Capt. Langevin will sail the schooner J.I. Case during the coming season.

Capt. Oliver, of the schooner Queen of the Lakes, is putting a new topmast on his vessel.

The schooner Grantham, owned by Donnelly Bros., will be kept at this port this summer and used as a lighter when wanted. Workmen will begin making repairs at an early date.

Within a few days the crews of the steamers Hero and North King will be placed at work on these boats, preparing them for the opening of navigation. Both steamers have been thoroughly overhauled during the winter.


Another drifting event took place on Saturday afternoon when the craft in the local ice yacht fleet sailed the first heat for the Lee championship cup. A splendid array of flyers lined up for the event, but the wind being so light many of them failed to get around the course within the prescribed time, seventy-five minutes, so did not get a position in the official report. The event attracted a large number of spectators, who were disappointed at the drifting which marked the race. If a half gale had swept the course a more exciting event would have been put up for the onlookers as the ice was glary and at its best for racing.

At the hour of starting these flyers took up position: Breeze, H.S. Folger; Typhoon, B.W. Folger, jr.; Witch, John Gaskin, jr.; Tom Cat, John McCarthy; Jack Frost, J.B. Carruthers; Whistlewing, commodore W.C. Kent; Pastime, F.H. Macnee; North Star, H. Hora; Flying Scud, John McKay, jr.; Defiance, John Fisher; Blizzard, vice-commodore Sandford C. Calvin; Troubler, N.C. Hinckley; Esquimaux, Capt. J. Allen; Chinook, R.W. Brigstocke.

The rules governing competition for the club prescribe that each yacht competing must be sailed by its respective owner. The Witch was the only offender in this respect, she being handled by Capt. James Dix. From the outset Breeze took the lead and maintained it throughout, Typhoon holding down second place. The first lap was made in this order: Breeze, Typhoon, Pastime, Whistlewing, North Star, Witch, Flying Scud, Jack Frost, Defiance, Blizzard, Tom Cat, Troubler, Esquimaux and Chinook. The flyers got around well together on this lap, but after rounding the home buoy they began to scatter and tailed out in a long procession. There was little change in the order of crossing on the second round, except that Pastime dropped out and Whistlewing took third position, with Witch fourth. The home buoy was rounded in this order: Breeze, Typhoon, Whistlewing, Witch, Jack Frost, Tom Cat, Defiance, North Star, Blizzard, Troubler, Flying Scud, Esquimaux, Chinook. The last half-dozen yachts were late in crossing and were unable to make the third lap within the time limit. Blizzard dropped out and did not attempt to get a position. The half-dozen flyers finishing in time crossed the line as here given: Breeze, Typhoon, Witch, Tom Cat, Jack Frost, Whistlewing. The winning yacht covered the course in 59 1/2 minutes. The first three named yachts got five, three and one points respectively. There are two more races to be sailed. The yacht winning two first positions will be styled the championship yacht for 1896-97.

A New Intake Pipe.

On Saturday Donnelly Bros. succeeded in laying a new main intake pipe for the water supply at the penitentiary. The new pipe is 570 feet long. It is of steel and contains nineteen lengths, each thirty feet long, with openings ten inches in diameter.

In laying the pipe Donnelly Bros. established a record. With only an open trench cut in the ice two and a half feet wide and 570 feet long, work was begun at eight o'clock in the morning, eight men being employed on the job. By five o'clock in the afternoon the pipe had been laid on the bottom of the lake and all the lengths were connected. The water at the outer end of pipe is forty-two feet deep. A delay of an hour and a half occurred in the afternoon, awaiting a supply of rubber gaskets. John Donnelly, jr., superintended the work.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Mar 1897