The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Aug 1904

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p.1 To Race for Lipton Cup - yachts from Milwaukee, Detroit and Chicago at Chicago.



To Handle The Races For Canada Cup.

Ex-Commodore Vanhoorhis, of the Rochester Yacht Club, talking in Kingston at the L.Y.R.A. regatta, about the Canada Cup future races, favored both the reduction of the class and the introduction of a rule stipulating that the skippers of the racing boats must be resident club members. The Rochester men are not altogether pleased that they had to import Arthur Hanan, the crack New York amateur, to win the cup from us last fall. They have some good young skippers there that they are banking on for Canada's cup races in the future, among them Lou G. Mabbet, who has been making himself prominent of late years.

Were Made In Kingston

Many Kingston people are unaware that the set of sails, which bore the Canadian cup defender Noorna to victory in her recent races with the challenger White Bear, was made by a local firm, G.S. Oldrieve, the Ontario street sail maker that for many years made the sails for yachts turned out by the St. Lawrence Yacht company, and this year supplied two entire suits of sails for the two trial yachts which competed for the honor of defending the Sewanahaka cup. The sails are made of union silk, which is about the best quality of material used for light sail purposes, and have an area of about five hundred and fifty square feet.


Charles Bowman has installed a new gasoline engine in his launch Rosie H.

The steamer Ames called at Swift's wharf last night and unloaded twenty tons of bran.

Craig's wharf: steamers Cuba up from Montreal; Where Now up and down from river ports; Niagara and Waterlily up tonight.

The schooner Metzner is at Richardsons' dock fitting a new foresail. The big storm on Wednesday evening destroyed the old one on the trip from Sodus.

M.T. Co. - The S.S. Rosemount and consort from Fort William will reach here tonight with wheat. The crafts will go into ordinary for a few weeks.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto, down and up; North King down and up; Rideau King, down from Ottawa this evening; Hamilton down this afternoon.

The steamer Kingston met with a slight accident yesterday afternoon, which delayed her for about six hours. A burst valve in the feed pipe was the cause of the trouble and local plumbers were kept busy until eleven o'clock last night repairing the damage. The steamer Kingston appears to be under the necessity of meeting with one or more accidents during each year and strange to say, Kingston appears to be the unlucky place. However, as most of the ship's officers have friends and relatives here, their grief is somewhat assuaged.

While leaving Ogdensburg harbour on Wednesday night the steamer Cardinal, owned by the Edwardsburg starch works, of Cardinal, ran inside of the red spar buoy east of the lighthouse and went hard aground among the rocks. The night was extremely dark and Capt. Stitt intended hugging the buoy as he took his boat outside. When the red buoy suddenly loomed up, the steamer was on the wrong side, and although the captain tried to pass very close, the steamer's keel grated on the bottom and she came to a full stop. Failing to work the boat off with her own power, Capt. Stitt signalled for assistance and the Mary P. Hall, the only tug lying in the harbor, went alongside and passed a line to the Cardinal. The Hall made several unsuccessful attempts to release the boat, and then the task was given up for the night. Tuesday morning the tug Dauntless came over from Prescott and was joined by the steamer Armstrong, but the joint efforts of the two boats were not sufficient to float the Cardinal, and she still remains aground.



Port Dover, Aug. 12th - The government boat Norma, from Toronto, with Major Gray, government engineer in charge, foundered on the reefs two miles south of Port Dover harbor at eight o'clock last evening. Signals of distress were displayed and the steamer sounded its whistle for assistance. Three tugs from the port responded, and reached the disabled boat before serious damage was done. Fortunately the lake was calm, and the boat was floated at eleven o'clock, and towed into the harbor. Major Gray and his party escaped without injury. They were coming to the port to examine the pier and arrange for the proposed improvements to the harbor.

Should Be Remedied - A citizen was loud in his complaints this morning about the new ferry steamer. His contention is that the boat leaves her moorings before scheduled time and cites two instances. Once on arriving at the Wolfe Island dock sharp on time, the gentleman in question was surprised to learn that the ferry had been gone five minutes. Again the same thing happened on another occasion, only in this case the boat was leaving the Kingston dock and had gone three minutes ahead of scheduled time. He thought that efforts might be made to remedy this state of affairs and remove what was often, to say the least, an inconvenience to passengers.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Aug 1904