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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Jul 1907

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Kingston's New Racing 18-Rater.

At four o'clock this afternoon the sailing yacht Kathleen, to represent Kingston in the eighteen-rater challenge race in connection with the Eastern Yacht Racing circuit of Lake Ontario, is to be launched from the Kingston Boat company's ways, in rear of the yacht club house.

The Kingston yacht club has for years been a member of the Lake Yacht Racing association, but owing to the fact that most of the races are sailed at Toronto and Hamilton the distance is naturally too great for regular travel. In view of this the Kingston club approached the yacht organizations in this vicinity and suggested an Eastern circuit. This circuit was successfully formed on May 1st last at a meeting in Kingston, and the following clubs have become members: Oswego, N.Y.; Watertown, N.Y., Clayton, N.Y.; Gananoque, Kingston, Napanee, Picton, Belleville and Trenton. These clubs comprise a most compact circuit.

Last year Kingston yachts met Watertown representatives at Cape Vincent and demonstrated that twenty-footers of the type of the Chiriya and Thistle, of Kingston, were an extremely fast type of craft, and Watertown decided to build one. The question arose as to what size of yacht the clubs would like to encourage, and it was finally decided that the eighteen-rater was the most suitable, as it was not too big to handle, and was still large enough for crossing the lake. As a result Kingston and Watertown each to work to build an eighteen-rater for competition and next week the two boats will come together. Watertown's was launched ten days ago. It is very similar to the Kathleen.

The dimensions of the Kingston yacht are: Length over all, 30 feet; on load water line, 21 feet; extreme beam, 7.4 feet; draught 5.3 feet. The boat will carry about 550 square feet of sail. It has an outside ballast of 3,400 pounds. There is sleeping accommodation for three men. The crew will consist of three inclusive. Lieut-Col. Frank Strange, who is really responsible for the building of the Kington boat, as he interested the yachting men, was chosen to sail the Kathleen in the coming races.

The Kathleen was designed by George Owen, of Winthrop, Mass., formerly of Hamilton, who also designed the Kestrel, Verona and Chiriya. It was built by the Kingston Boat company, under the supervision of Foreman William Holder, and the sails were made by G.S. Oldrieve. The boat is extremely well constructed, all the work being first class. The Kathleen has been much admired by local yachtsmen, and it is hoped to do well with her against her Watertown rival.

The boats will meet at Glen Island on the 25th for the first cup race and at Kingston on the 27th for the second. The winner must take two out of three races. If neither gets two wins another race will be held at Chaumont Bay, N.Y., on Labor Day.


Richardson's: steamer Turret Cape from Fort William; steamer Midland Queen from Fort William with wheat. On the arrival of the Navajo she will start out with the lighthouse supplies.

Swift's: steamer Toronto down and up; steamer Caspian from Charlotte; steamer Rideau Queen for Ottawa; steamer Dundurn east this morning; steamer Hamilton up last night; steamer Picton down today.

M.T. company: tug Mary and two barges from Montreal; steamer George C. Howe from Duluth, with 80,000 bushels of wheat; tug Glide and three light barges from Montreal; steamer Westmount with 9,000 (sic) bushels wheat and consort Ungava, with 115,000 bushels of oats, from Fort William; steamer Westmount and consort cleared for Fort William.

p.6 Gananoque, July 17th - The schooners Briton and Voges, with a coal cargo, arrived yesterday. The Clayton-Gananoque ferry Wherenow ran an extra moonlight trip to Clayton last evening, leaving here at 7:30 going through Eel Bay and round the foot of Grindstone, giving one hour in Clayton and returning by the head of Grindstone.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Jul 1907