The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Sep 1900

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The First of the Series For the Fisher Cup.

Charlotte, N.Y., Sept. 10th - On Saturday the yacht Genesee beat the Minota, of Toronto, by half a mile, in the race for the Fisher cup. The Minota led at the start, but had trouble over her sails and lost speed.

The Fisher Cup.

The Fisher cup was presented to the Chicago yacht club, on July 8th, 1882, by A.J. Fisher, as a challenge cup. It has been won by the yacht Cora three times, July 8th, 1882; Sept. 9th, 1882, and August 4rd, 1883; by the Atalanta, August 8th, 1883; the Norah, Sept. 13th, 1884, and July 30th, 1892; and by the Onward, Sept. 19th, 1892. On November 1st, 1895, the cup became the bona fide property of the owners of the Onward, in accordance with rules under which it was won.

In a deed of gift made November 5th, 1895, J.R. White, Arthur E. Hagen and Fred S. Todd, owners of the Onward, donated the cup to the Lake yacht racing association of Lake Ontario, on condition that it shall be a perpetual challenge cup for competition between the sailing yachts which shall be in the thirty-five foot class and over, enrolled in the clubs of Lake Ontario including the Bay of Quinte, from time to time, forming part of the L.Y.R.A. The cup shall not be held by the winning yacht, but by a club on Lake Ontario, eligible to hold the same, to which said yacht belongs, designated by the owner, and such club shall be responsible for its safe keeping. For the first race the Rochester yacht club was named as the holder of the cup. All races must take place under the management of the club holding the cup, and the course must be on the open lake, off the home port of the club holding the cup. In case the cup is held by a club whose home port is not on an open lake, such a club may designate a course off the home port of some other club, or an open course may be agreed upon between the challenger and challenged.

All races shall be sailed by a single yacht on behalf of the challenging club and a single yacht on behalf of the challenged club. The challenged club must accept the challenge within sixty days of its receipt or surrender the cup to the challenger. All challenges must be in writing and the challenged club is entitled to ten month's time between the receipt of the challenge and the first race.

No race shall be sailed between September 15th and June 15th following.

The match shall be decided by the winning of not less than two out of three races, at least one of which shall be to windward or leeward and return. The club holding the cup shall have the right to name the class in which the race is to take place, and the yacht from the challenging club must be in such class. Both clubs shall name their representative yachts and produce the measurement certificates of the L.Y.R.A. at least one week prior to the first race. The L.Y.R.A. racing rules shall govern all races, but by mutual consent in writing, supplementary rules may be made not in conflict with the original deed of gift.

Should the club holding the cup go out of existence or withdraw from the L.Y.R.A., it must turn the cup over to such club eligible to hold the same as it may elect.



The sloop Jessie is in Davis' dry dock for repairs.

The steamers North King and Argyle both had large numbers on their trips down the river yesterday.

Next Saturday the R. & O. N. steamers Spartan and Corsican will conclude their trips for this season.

R. Smith & Son are loading the sloop Lone Star with stone to be used in the construction of the new post office at Picton.

Arrivals at Richardsons' elevator: Schooner Laura D. and sloop Minnie from the islands; schooner Helen from Wellington.

The schooner Ceylon of the Calvin company's fleet, entered the government graving dock Saturday to be thoroughly caulked.

Forty-two vessels have been repaired in Davis' dry-dock so far this season, as compared with 47 at the same time last year.

The steamer Empire State carried two hundred people down the river on Saturday afternoon. 'Twas the last excursion of the season.

The tug Thomson arrived yesterday from Montreal, with four light barges, and cleared to-day for Charlotte with three barges to load coal.

Vessels to move 2,000,000 bushels of wheat from Duluth to Buffalo during September and October have been placed within the last few days. The rate paid was two cents.

The steamer North King will make one more Sunday trip through the Thousand Islands this season. She will continue in operation, however, for about six weeks yet.

The steamship Bannockburn is in the government drydock for repairs. While coming out of Port Colborne a few days ago, she struck some obstacle, tearing a couple of rivets out of a seam.

At Craig's wharf on Sunday: Steamers Persia, from Montreal; Ocean, from Toronto; Cuba, from Cleveland; Argyle, from Charlotte. Arrivals to-day: Tug Shanly, from the Rideau canal; schooner Eliza White, from Oswego, with coal.

The steamer Columbian has concluded her trips at Toronto and is now en route to Sorel to lay up. Capt. Hinckley, who commands the Columbian, will spend the summer at his home in Kingston. The trips made by the Columbian out of this port, says the Toronto World, were very successful, all being largely patronized.

Notice is given that a nun buoy painted red and and numbered two has been placed in twenty feet of water to mark the easterly edge of East Charity shoal, Lake Ontario. This buoy is about one and three eighth miles E.S.E. of Charity shoal gas-buoy. It is recommended that vessels bound to or from the main channel of the St. Lawrence river, and using the passage between Galloo and Main Duck islands, should keep to the eastward of this buoy.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Cyclone is sunk at Charlotte.

The S.S. Bannockburn and consorts clear tonight for Fort William.

The Fisher cup is urn-shaped, narrow, the cover surmounted by a wheel, the base ornamented with anchors, the words "Chicago Yacht Club" above and the word "Regatta" below an engraving of a yacht.

The schooner Fleetwing when entering the harbor at Charlotte early Friday morning, did much damage to several yachts at anchor. She punched a hole in a steam launch, carried away a spreader of one yacht, and a fore topmast of another.

p.6 Damaged The Grain - The barge Alice, grain-laden from Ogdensburg to Montreal, struck an obstruction in the north channel near Cardinal yesterday, and had to be run back to Prescott. Later she was taken across the river to Ogdensburg, where her dry grain was removed, and a survey found that 2,600 bushels had been damaged. This grain was part of the cargo of the steamer Ketchum, loaded at Chicago and discharged at Ogdensburg. Cargo and barge fully insured. The barge is owned by Mr. Lomer, Montreal. The grain was consigned by Richardson & Co., Chicago.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Sep 1900