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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Jul 1907

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The Kathleen Will Do Better.

The fact that the Kathleen was beaten at Glen Island in the first of the eighteen-rater races by the Crescent, of Watertown, N.Y., adds still greater interest to the second of the series which will be sailed in Kingston harbor tomorrow morning, commencing at 10:30 o'clock. The series is by no means decided by yesterday's result. The Kathleen hasn't had the first chance to show what she can do. She is in the water a little over a week. Her mast was found to be unsatisfactory, and a new one was fitted into her just two days before the race, so that her canvas is scarcely adjusted. The work-out of Thursday will put her in better order, and her skipper will be enabled to see what is lacking. The Watertown boat has been in the water several weeks and accordingly is in much better racing condition.

Tomorrow's contest will be final if the Crescent wins again, as the rule is the best two in three. However, if Kathleen wins, then there will be a third race at Chaumont Bay, N.Y., on Labor Day.

The eighteen-raters will be sent off at 10:30 o'clock and if there is any kind of a breeze they should cover the distance before the other races begin. The other sailing races will be at 1:30 p.m. The canoe events are scheduled for 7 p.m.

The races are under the auspices of the Kingston Yacht Club in connection with the Eastern Yacht Racing circuit of Lake Ontario. Representatives from the nine clubs in the circuit held rendezvous at Glen Island, near Picton, and after yesterday's racing started on a cruise to Kingston, where all will gather this evening and be guests at a dance in the local yacht club house.

John M. Campbell, commodore of the Kingston yacht club, is none other than the well-known electrical expert, who has been very active for several years in local yachting circles. He took a leading part in the reorganization and extension of the club, and has contributed largely to its success.

Lieut.-Col. Frank Strange, the first commodore of the Kingston club, is the skipper of the Kathleen, for whose success in tomorrow's race many fervent prayers are being offered. Skipper Strange has given his best energies to the club since its formation, and he is as active in its interests today as ever. His past successes with his old Norma, which won several notable contests on the lake, are well remembered. It is hoped he will repeat his old successes tomorrow and steer the Kathleen to victory.

Charles Macdonald, the commodore of the Gananoque yacht club, is a most enthusiastic yachtsman, and has given the sport a great impetus in that town. He is a real sportsman, and always a most welcome visitor to the Kingston club house.

(article includes the following photos: John A. Campbell, Commodore of the Kingston Yacht Club; Frank Strange, Skipper of the Kathleen; Charles Macdonald, Commodore of the Gananoque Yacht Club; The Kathleen.)


The steamer Nevada, on her way down to Montreal, with a load of grain, ran aground, early Thursday evening, near Farran's Point. Word was sent to Capt. Donnelly, and, today, an effort is being made to take the vessel off.

Marine men say that the point where the steamer Nevada ran aground is one of the worst on the trip down, and that at times, it is almost impossible to prevent such an occurrence.

Had Second Mishap.

It would appear as if a hoodoo was following the yacht Say When, of Cleveland, which was raised by the Calvin company, and brought to Davis' dry dock. When being docked, last night, the vessel slipped off the blocks, and, as a result, a large hole was made in her side. The damage will not be great, but will mean a longer stay for her in the dry dock, as the yacht will require quite extensive repairs as a result of her first misfortune.

Brought Down A Steamer.

Capt. Luther Donnelly and Mate Patrick McLaughlin arrived with the steamer Saginaw at the drydock slip last night. This is the vessel the Donnelly Wrecking & Salvage company purchased this spring and used in the work of raising the Buffalo wrecks. The two officers in question leave tonight again to join their own boat, the North-West, which runs between Buffalo and Milwaukee.

Marine Notes.

The steambarge Kenirving was in the harbor today, on her way from Smith's Falls to Oswego for coal.

M.T. Co.: The steamer Britannia arrived from Chicago, with 50,000 bushels of corn; the steamer Charles F. Flint and Aranec, of Duluth, are expected to arrive today with corn.

Swift's: steamer Kingston down and up; Hamilton down tonight; Picton up yesterday; City of Montreal east this morning; Rideau King for Ottawa tomorrow morning; Caspian from Charlotte.

J.D. Reid, Prescott, purchased the 12,000 bushels of wet corn, taken out of the steamer Maryland, now unloading at the Union elevator, Detroit. The steamer was sunk in collision with the steamer Tuscarora, and the grain was sold by the underwriters.

The steamer Monteagle arrived at Richardsons', Thursday afternoon, from Chicago, with 50,000 bushels of corn. The vessel was unloaded of her cargo at 11 p.m., and then cleared for Oswego, to take on a cargo of coal for Chicago.

Having A Jolly Time - the Hamilton Y.M.C.A. cruisers were in Kingston on their annual trip, using the yacht Maple Leaf.

p.5 River Accident - The steamer Island Wanderer lost her propellor in 100 feet of water, and narrowly escaped going on the rocks, while making a landing at Point Vivian at noon. The private yacht Winona came to the crippled boat's aid and towed her to Alexandria Bay. The mishap occurred while the engine was reversing, near the dock, and the shock of the truant wheel leaving the rod sent the boat careering dangerously near the shoals. The down tide impelled the boat towards an island, where Capt. Hudson threw out lines. The deck hands tied them to giant trees, which were uprooted and dragged in the wake of the injured steamer.

Incidents of the Day - The steambarge Waterlily arrived at Folger's this afternoon from Montreal with freight.

Result of the Races - Picton, July 26th - details of yacht Crescent's victory over Kathleen; Chiriyi races in Class Q; full column of details.

Making Repairs Here - After a very short absence from here the steamer Cayuga, of the Niagara Navigation company's fleet, with headquarters at Toronto, is once more in the government dry dock. This time the trouble has to do with the propelling power of the steamer. The stern bearings have worn, thus causing the main shaft to work out of line. The result is that the boat does considerable pounding when under way. The repairs should be completed some time tomorrow and the Cayuga will immediately proceed to the Queen City and recommence her regular trips.

The damage to the yacht Say When, now in Davis' drydock for repair, is estimated at $2,000. Two large holes were punched in the boat's bow, and her bottom is badly torn.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Jul 1907