Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Mar 1909
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p.2 Has Taken Charge - E.A. Turner, the newly appointed agent of the Montreal Transportation company in this city, has arrived from Montreal, and has taken charge of the office. Mr. Turner has been with the company in Montreal for upwards of twenty years.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - Capt. McKenna, of Goderich, has arrived in the city to take charge of the schooner Clara, which he purchased from Capt. Grant Horne.

March 16, 1909



About The Kathleen And The Crescent

[Toronto Telegram]

Ever hear of the George Cup, you sailormen? Well its time you did if you haven't for the George Cup is one of the few international trophies we have left on this side of the water, and the Yankees are after it.

The George cup hasn't been going long, and in its short career it has provoked some lively racing. Kingston holds it now, and the Crescent Yacht Club, of Watertown, N.Y., wants it.

We have grown content up at this end of the lake with, instead of a yacht race, a higher critic's thesis on the interpretation of the deed of gift of the Canada's Cup. That's the nearest we are going to get to a good yacht race this summer on our own account. But down at the other end of the lake they have been getting tired of playing second fiddle for a long time, and they have struck out for themselves. And Kingston harbor will, on July 2nd, see the beginning of the battle between the Kathleen of Kingston, and Crescent, of Watertown, for the possession of the George trophy under the auspices of the new Eastern Lake Yacht Racing Association.

Kathleen holds the mug now. The boats are no home-made imitation of racers, but modern craft, built under the latest yachting fad, the universal rule, and thoroughly good craft for speed or pleasure. They are known as "Class R. boats," which to those not initiated in the Greek-letter terminology of the universal rule, means that they are two sizes smaller than the Crusader, Adele, Aileen or Seneca.

Kathleen is now owned by Harry Richardson of Kingston. She was designed by George Owen, formerly of Hamilton, Ont., and now of Winthrop, Mass., as has been often stated. Crescent was designed by C.D. Mower, of New York, and is owned by Judge Reeve, of Watertown. He is an enthusiast on the universal rule, the Eastern Lake Association, the George Cup, Crescent and yachting generally - taken all round, the sort of man who keeps yachting alive as a sport, and offers little employment to sea lawyers. Some of what he says about the facts which led up to the coming contest is given below:

The eight clubs for which some time have maintained a more or less precarious existence at the foot of Lake Ontario, desiring to attempt some interesting club racing, which, before the universal rule, had been impossible, owing chiefly to the diversity of local types and classes, held a meeting at Kingston, Ont., in 1907. At this meeting an annual racing and cruising circuit was arranged, all to be sailed under the universal rule. Class R was adopted as the type best suited to our requirements and the size of our bank accounts. It was agreed that, while racing in other classes should be encouraged, our chief united effort should be directed to the development of Class R. The Crescent Club promised to furnish a suitable trophy for it, and everybody agreed to assist everybody else in helping the thing along. The organization was made permanent and adopted the name of the Eastern Yacht Racing Circuit of Lake Ontario.

Later the Crescent Club presented a trophy known as the George Cup, representing the championship of Lake Ontario in Class R. By the terms of the deed, the George Cup was made a perpetual challenge trophy, to be first sailed for in Canadian waters, open to any club on the lake, the club to which the winner of the series should belong to become its first defender, and future races to be sailed over the course of each year's defending club. An international character was given to the affair by requiring, after the first year, the challenge to come from the country other than the one to which the defending club should belong. The challenging and defending clubs are to arrange the races, but when arranged, any club on the lake may send its representative to compete in the event. This makes practically an open race for the class each year. As it was already May when this meeting was held, no great headway was expected for the project last season.

The first race for the George Cup was held July 25th, off Glen Island, near Picton, in Bay of Quinte waters, in a ten to twelve mile breeze. The entries were: Kathleen, Kingston Yacht Club, a new boat, designed by George Owen; Little Nell, Trenton Yacht Club, a former Toronto champion of the old sixteen-foot class, with a Toronto record of twenty-seven firsts out of twenty-nine starts to her credit; and Crescent, Crescent Yacht Club, a new boat designed by C.D. Mower.

Kathleen and Crescent were just off the ways, and neither had had time to be tried out or tuned up. Kathleen's spars did not hold up well, causing her sails to set badly; Little Nell was clearly outclassed, and Crescent won with comparative ease. Summary:

Elapsed Time Corrected Time

Crescent 1:27:00 1:27:00

Kathleen 1:29:00 1:29:30

Little Nell 1:35:00 1:31:28

Kathleen and Crescent made the course in less elapsed time than any other boat of any class, except that Chariya, of Class Q, beat Kathleen by ten seconds, but was beaten by Crescent by two minutes 20 seconds actual sailing time.

The next day, July 27th, in the second race for the George Cup, Little Nell did not show up, and Kathleen and Crescent fought it out in a thirty-five mle breeze and a heavy sea. Kathleen's spar had been replaced with a better stick, and the contest was close and exciting.

Kathleen got eight seconds the best of the start, but was passed by Crescent on the reach to the first buoy. On the wind Kathleen again obtained the lead, and kept it on the run home, the boats starting on the second round in almost exactly the same relative positions as at the start. Crescent again obtained the lead on the reach, increased it in the windward work, and, holding her position on the run, finished one minute ten seconds to the good, thereby winning for her club the right to become the first defender of the cup.

Last year at Chaumont Bay, the headquarters of the Crescent Yacht Club, Kathleen twice defeated the holder of the tropy and so carried it off to Kingston.

The measurements of Crescent and Kathleen follow:

Kathleen - Length over all, 32 feet; load water line, 21 feet; beam, 7 feet 4 inches; draught, 5 feet 3 inches; rating, 17.92 feet.

Comparing the two boats which will contend for the cup again this year, Judge Reeves says: Kathleen has certainly given a good account of herself, as suggested herein that she would. Crescent finished fifth as against all classes and second in her class in the long distance race from Hamilton to Chaumont, there being sixteen yachts in the race. The rules favored the old type. Had allowances been figured according to the international only, Crescent would have won first against all classes. As between Kathleen and Crescent, Crescent has beaten Kathleen four times - once at Glen Island, once at Kingston, once in the cruising race from Chaumont to Cape Vincent and once at Gananoque. Kathleen has beaten Crescent twice, both times at Chaumont.

Crescent - Length over all, 31 feet 7 inches; beam, 7 feet; draught 5 feet 1 inch; displacement, 90 cubic feet; load water line, 21 feet; 532 square feet in jib and mainsail; rating 17.96 feet. Has fair-sized cabin and self-bailing cockpit.



The Steamer Victoria, of the port of Brockville. This steamer has a capacity of about 160 passengers, is about 73 feet long and has a 15 foot beam, is equipped with a compound Doty engine, installed in 1907. Hull thoroughly overhauled and boiler retubed last year. Speed between 11 and 12 miles an hour. In first class order. Boat can be inspected at Brockville. Apply to


W.S. Buell,

Managing Director, Brockville.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Reliance will carry passengers and freight between Oswego and Picton this year. Capt. Hudgin, Toronto, will be in command.



And Those Who Will Sail Them This Year.


Advance - Captain, Martin Olsen, Kingston; engineer, Robert Hepburn, Kingston.

Bothnia - Captain, Antoine Monpetit, Melochville; engineer, Thomas Hazlett, Kingston.

Bartlett - Captain, Luke Mallan, Cardinal; engineer, George Fleming, Kingston.

D.G. Thomson - Captain, Thomas O'Connor, Kingston; engineer, George Boyd, Kingston.

Emerson - Captain, Charles Martin, Kingston; engineer, George Henderson, Kingston.

Fairmount - Captain, P.C. Telfer, Owen Sound; engineer, J.W. Taylor, Midland.

Glide - Captain, Myles Murphy, Elgin; engineer, George Sauve, Kingston.

Glenmount - Captain, John Wood, Port Dalhousie; engineer, T.A. Bishop, Kingston.

H.F. Bronson - Captain, J.B. Desgroseillier, Cascade's Point; engineer, M. Dorey, Kingston.

Kinmount - Captain, Alexander Milligan, St. Catherines; engineer, L. McMillan, Kingston.

Mary P. Hall - Captain, William J. Murphy, Kingston; engineer, George Sherman, Kingston.

Mary - Captain, Alphonse Lepine, Point Claire; engineer, G.P. Fitzpatrick, Morrisburg.

Rosemount - Captain, James Reoch, Nottawa; engineer, W.S. Greenhill, Kingston.

Stormount - Captain, H.N. McMaster, Toronto; engineer, H. McClymount, Kingston.

Windsor - Captain, John Doyle, Kingston; engineer, William Spencer, Kingston.

Westmount - Captain, C. Milligan, St. Catherines; engineer, R. Taylor, Kingston.

Lake and River Barges.

Hamilton - Captain, George Davy, Kingston.

Quebec - Captain, Robert Siddell, Kingston.

Ungava - Captain, C. Sauve, Kingston.

Alberta - Captain, no appointment.

Augustus - Captain, Peter ? Lalonde, Valleyfield.

Acadia - Capt. A. St. Marseilla, Cascade's Point.

Brighton - Captain, Timothy Hebert, St. Cunegonde, Montreal.

Bella - Captain, W. Langevin, Valleyfield.

Belle - Captain, Joseph Daoust, Valleyfield.

Condor - Captain, Frederick Lalonde, Valleyfield.

Cornwall - Captain, Louis Benoit, Valleyfield.

Cobourg - Captain, A. St. Marseille, Cascade's Point.

Dunmore - Captain, Israel Daoust, Montreal.

Dorchester - Captain, Emile Deblais, St. Roch de Richelieu.

Dakota - Captain, Alexander Gosselin, Cascade's Point.

Davie George T. - Capt. A. Monette, Jr., Valleyfield.

Ethel - Captain, no appointment.

Huron - Captain, Oscar Lefebvre, Valleyfield.

Hiawatha - Captain, Narcisse Lafrance, Cascade's Point.

Hector - Captain, A. Monette, Sr., Valleyfield.

Hilda - Captain, William Lalonde, Kingston.

Iowa - Captain, A. Lalonde, Valleyfield.

Jennie - Captain, L. Leduc, Valleyfield.

John Gaskin - Captain, A. Major, Valleyfield.

Kingston - Captain, C. LeBeuf, Valleyfield.

Kildonan - Captain, M. Moreau, Cedars.

Lapwing - Captain, Joseph Leduc, Valleyfield.

Montreal - Captain, no appointment.

Muskoka - Captain, William Leduc, St. Justine Station.

Melrose - Captain, Alexander Hebert, Montreal.

Mamie - Captain, F. Mallette, Hudson Heights.

Nadine - Captain, Truffle Daoust, Valleyfield.

Selkirk - Captain, M. Chatel, St. Zotique.

Thrush - Captain, Jules Hebert, Valleyfield.

Valencia - Captain, Max. Lefebvre, Montreal.

Winnipeg - Captain, Nelson Mallette, Cornwall.

To Be A New Line.

Detroit, March 16th - It is reported in marine circles that a plan is on foot to operate four steamers between the Canadian head of the lake and Montreal, in the grain trade, during the coming season. All the deals have not yet been worked out, but it is understood three of the boats have been purchased. According to the line up three of the steamers will carry grain from Fort William to Port Colborne and the fourth boat will be operated between Port Colborne and Montreal. The boats will carry coal on the up trips. Fort William parties are handling the deal. (Keystone Transportation Co. ? - editor)

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Mar 1909