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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Jul 1898

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It did not altogether require the phlegmatic sailor to run the yacht race in quietness yesterday for the wind was scarcely strong enough to blow the creases out of the sails. The races were very slow, and the larger boats failed to cover their two rounds. The knockabout finished, and yet it took the Euroclydon from 11:20 o'clock until nearly seven o'clock in the evening to cover the course once. The Vivia finished three quarters of her race at a few minutes of six o'clock, and the Dinah some time after. The twenty-seven footers drifted home between that and seven o'clock. The committee agreed to declare the race off at the finish of the first round, the yachts then having these positions:

Thirty-seven footers - Vivia, first; Dinah, second.

Twenty-seven class - Verona, first; Hiawatha, second; Kestrel, third; Geisha, fourth.

Knockabout class - Enid, first; Veritas, second; Euroclydon, third.

During the regatta the prizes were captured as follows:

First class - Merrythought, one first and one second; Canada, one first and one second; Zelma, two thirds.

Thirty-seven class - Vivia, two firsts; Dinah, two seconds.

Thirty-two foot class - Norma, one first; Nox, one first; Erma, two seconds.

Twenty-seven class - Verona, two firsts; Kestrel, one second and one third; Hiawatha, one second and one third.

Twenty-two foot class - Pedro, two firsts; Venus, two seconds; Widgeon, one third; Gloria, one third.

Twenty-two-foot knockabouts - Veritas, one first, one second; Enid, one first; Euroclydon, two thirds; Chickadee, one second.

The prizes were given out at the club house last evening by F. Strange and W.Q. Phillips. As the yachtsmen strolled in one by one they were distributed without any ceremony.

At nine o'clock the usual weekly hop was held, in which a number of the visiting yachtsmen engaged. The dance closed the regatta entertainment, and today the visiting yachts left the harbor, some for home and some for Clayton to take in the water carnival.

Yacht Notes.

The yachts which won places in the regatta races were given small flags bearing the figures 1898. First place received a red flag; second, yellow, and third, blue.

A number of local yachtsmen will visit Clayton tomorrow to witness the water carnival proceedings.

In yesterday's race Conway Cartwright became tired when he reached George's barn with the Chickadee, and from there he sailed home for his mid-day lunch.

The harbor, from the club house for some distance west, was fairly covered with skiffs last evening. The band was in Macdonald park.

The visiting American yachtsmen were greatly interested in the photographic views of the ice yachts, which adorn the club house. The Oswego and Rochester sportsmen are seldom favored with ice on the lake, so have no opportunity to test the ice flyers. They took deep interest in verbal descriptions of the contests of last winter.

Well Done, Gentlemen. - Commodore Richardson, the officers and members of the Kingston yacht club deserve praise for the success of the regatta. - details.


The barge John Gaskin is in the government drydock for repairs.

J. Richardson & Sons shipped a large load of peas to Montreal today.

The schooner Acacia finished unloading her cargo of coal at the Grove Inn dock, and cleared for Oswego today.

The R. & O. steamers Algerian, Montreal to Toronto, and Corsican, Toronto to Montreal, called at Swift & Co.'s wharf today.

The tug Thomson arrived from Montreal yesterday with six light barges, and returned today with five barges, grain-laden.

Next week the steamer Columbian leaves for Montreal, where alterations will be made to her machinery. These will considerably increase her speed.

The steamer Caspian left this morning for Alexandria Bay, returning at noon with an excursion party and leaving again for down the river at three o'clock.

The steamer Columbian today conducted an excursion from Prescott and way ports to Clayton. Tomorrow she goes over the same route. This steamer is in great demand for excursion business.

Is Idle and For Sale.

Some weeks ago, the steamer John J. Hill left the lakes to go through the Welland and St. Lawrence canals to the ocean, says the Detroit Free Press. At the time her owners evidently wished the government to know that she was for sale, so despatches were published in nearly all the lake papers, stating that she had already been sold to the government for use as a transport, this being the best form of "ad" that could be devised. The Hill is in New York today awaiting a purchaser. She was built at Marine City, of wood, and her hull and fastenings especially adapt her to salt water traffic, it having been the intention of her builders to send her there at the outset. She might have been made use of by the government as a collier in the present instance, but for the fact that she has not the slightest means aboard for loading herself, as is demanded of all salt water boats. On the lakes all loading and unloading appliances for coarse freight are on shore. So the Hill is idle and for sale.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, July 26th - Down: steamer Baldwin, Menominee to Oswego, lumber; schooner Bateman, Black River to Oswego, lumber; schooner Van Straubenzie, Toledo to Toronto, coal; steamer Badger State, Toledo to Ogdensburg, general cargo; schooner St. Louis, Toledo to Toronto, coal.

Port Colborne, July 26th - Down: schooner St. Louis, Toledo to Toronto, coal.

Incidents of the Day - While coming up the Cornwall canal yesterday the steamer Caspian collided with a couple of buoys, smashing them.

Accident at Cornwall - Eneas McDonell, night watchman on the steamer Caspian, hit by fender and seriously injured.


A coal heaver, named Arthur O'Reilly, met with a severe accident yesterday afternoon, which will confine him to his home for some weeks. He was employed in helping to discharge the schooner Eliza Fisher, coal laden, at the ferry wharf, and with Thomas O'Neil was wheeling the coal from the schooner to the shed, on an elevated railway. Both were on the outer end, when the motion of the boat from swells, caused by a passing steamer broke one of the trestles, and allowed the scaffolding to fall. O'Reilly was facing the shore, and was about to start off with a barrow load, when the planks fell, and he was thrown backwards, falling head foremost into the hold of the boat, a drop of about twenty-five feet. In the fall his head struck something which averted a more serious accident. As it was he received a deep scalp wound, five inches long, reaching from the centre of the forehead towards the right ear. The flesh was laid open, so the skull could be seen and a man's hand placed in the opening. His back was also severely sprained. Dr. Mundell was immediately called, and after temporarily dressing the wounds had him removed to the l'Hotel Dieu. T. O'Neil was also precipitated from the superstructure, but he managed to throw himself on the deck and escaped injury.

p.6 General Paragraphs - On Monday lightning struck the schooner Katie Eccles, lying at Oswego, and carried away her main truck.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Jul 1898