The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Aug 1908

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The schooner Clara arrived from Oswego, with coal for the Grove Inn.

The schooner Tradewind arrived from Oswego, with a cargo of coal for Sowards.

The steamer Nassaga (sic) is on her way from Fort William to Richardsons' with grain.

The steamer Simla passed on her way from Fort William to Montreal with grain.

The schooner Jamieson arrived from Sodus, with coal, for the Thousand Island Steamboat company.

The steamer Pellatt, grain laden, from Fort William, lightered at Richardsons' elevator, and then cleared for Montreal.

Concrete Being Used.

The work of repairing the Davis dry dock is progressing well, and it is expected that by another week the dock may be ready for use again. Concrete is being used in repairing the weak spots under the gate. The whole interior is also receiving a coat of this material, so that when the work is completed, the dock will be in excellent condition.



The concluding races of the Crescent Yacht Club, of Watertown, N.Y., were sailed at Chaumont Bay, on Saturday, and the Watertown yachtsmen are to be congratulated on the immense success of their regatta. The cruising race from Hamilton, for the Rudder cup, brought a large fleet of big yachts from the upper end of the lake, and, with the Kingston fleet and boats from the Bay of Quinte and other points, one of the largest fleets of yachts ever assembled on the lake gathered in Chaumont Bay to enjoy the good racing and the hospitality of the Watertown yachtsmen. The arrangments for the reception of the visitors were most complete, and the details in connection with the racing call for the greatest praise for Chairman Herrick and his regatta committee. A splendid chart of the bay was furnished to each skipper, the course was well laid out, and the motor boats were called into service as police boats, to guard the buoys and keep the course clear.

In the race of the big yachts, on Saturday, the Iroquois, of Rochester, won first place, the Invader, of Hamilton, second, and the Genesee, of Rochester, third. In the twenty-two foot class, the Petrel, of Toronto, got first place; Isis, of Kingston, second, and Tantrum, of Rochester, third, followed by the Brehda, of Hamilton, the Vera (formerly the Geisha), of Deseronto, and the Dalphin, of Trenton. In the twenty-footers, Chiriya, of Kingston, carried off first prize; Whirl, of Toronto, second; Helen, of Hamilton, third, and Tezpi, of Kingston, fourth. The famous Little Nell, of Trenton, won first in the eighteen-foot class, Baby Grand, of Kingston, second, and Graystone, of Chaumont, third. A splendid series of motor boat races were also pulled off, and some very fast boats took part. None of the Kingston boats were in these races.

The chief interest of the day was centred in the second contest for the George challenge cup, in which the Kathleen of Kingston was challenger, and the Crescent of Watertown the defender. The start was at 10 a.m., in a moderate breeze from the north-east, which blowing out of the bay, gave smooth water. The Kathleen had a few seconds the better of the start, and was closely followed by the Crescent, only a few boat lengths separating them as far as the second turn. The two legs to the first and second marks were reaches, but it was a beat to windward back to the home buoy, and in this work the Kathleen showed her superiority over the Crescent, and had a good lead on completing the first round. On the two reaches of the second round, the Crescent held her own fairly well, but on the beat home the Kathleen again increased her lead and finally crossed the finish line, a winner of the George trophy, amid the tooting of whistles and the generous cheers of the Yankee yachtsmen. The Kathleen was splendidly handled by Skipper Strange, and his able crew, "Shine Hora" and "Dud" Crothers. Skipper Reeves of the Crescent also did good work, but his sails did not set as well as the Kathleen's.

There was a big time at the Crescent Club House on Saturday night, when a smoker and presentation of prizes took place. Splendid music was furnished by the Chaumont band and the spacious balconies were thronged by Chaumont and Watertown ladies, while the club room was crowded with an international gathering of the visiting yachtsmen. As the representative of each winning yacht stepped up to receive his prize he was enthusiastically cheered, but the loudest cheer was reserved for Skipper Strange, when he received the George cup which the Kathleen brings to Kingston. Skipper Reeves, of the Crescent, presented the trophy, and said that he was sorry to lose it, but would rather see it come to Kingston than any place else. Col. Strange made a good speech in reply and praised the members of his crew for their good work, and stated that the Chaumont regatta was the best managed he ever attended.

The prizes awarded were beautiful trophies and the Kingston boats are bringing home a bag full of silver-ware as a result of their victories. The Watertown yachtsmen accepted their Saturday defeat as gracefully as they did their victory a year ago. All the visiting yachtsmen are loud in their praise of the kindness and hospitality extended to them by their hosts and one of the Kingston men voiced their sentiments when he said: "We want to be invited here again."

A pleasing feature of the meet was the spirit of international courtesy manifested by the Chaumont people, not only in their kind references to Canada, but also in their decorations. Of the many stars and stripes that floated from the club house and cottages around the bay, it was hard to find one that was not accompanied by the Canadian flag. The Rev. Skipper Armstrong, the veteran commodore of the Trenton Club, was loudly cheered when he said that there was no sport like yachting to foster good feeling between the two countries.

The event for Monday morning is a cruising race from Chaumont to Gananoque, where the second day's racing of the eastern circuit is to be held on Wednesday.

At the Chaumont Bay regatta the Kingston yachts captured six firsts and two seconds.

Two Vigorous Squalls.

On Wednesday last, on its way to Chaumont Bay, N.Y., for the regatta, Henry Cunningham's sailing yacht, the Baby Grand, ran into the squall that came up in the evening, and had to seek shelter in the big basin at the foot of Grindstone Island. Here she remained until Thursday afternoon, awaiting the weather to moderate. The yachtsmen at Chaumont Bay became anxious about the failure of Mr. Cunningham to arrive, and a search party was sent out. However, the veteran Henry, and his fast little Baby Grand were quite safe in the island shelter, though the haven was not reached without some difficulty.

On their return on Sunday night, some of the Kingston yachts got into a squall that arose about midnight. The Baby Grand had quite an experience, but after a short time steadied down. The boats all came through it without mishap.

To Put On New Steamer.

A company is being formed to operate a steamboat line along the north shore of Lake Ontario, starting from Toronto, and running as far east as Port Hope. The promoters have already purchased a steamer and will have it ready for the spring of 1909; possibly it will make a few trips this fall. If the business warrants it, another boat will be put on to connect as far east as Kingston. The new steamer has been built especially for Ontario waters and will run about thirteen knots an hour. She will carry 600 passengers.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Aug 1908