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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Aug 1910

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Requests Rochester Club To Give Up Trophy.

Rochester, Aug. 4th - What is regarded as a step to compel the Rochester Yacht Club to seriously consider a challenge for the Canada cup has been taken by the Chicago Yacht Club.

Secretary Clute Nixon has received a letter from the Chicago Yacht Club stating that it is generally understood in yachting circles that the Royal Canadian Yacht Club is anxious to challenge, and that the Rochester Corinthians will decline acceptance owing to the cost of building a new Herreshoff defender. The Chicago yachtsmen politely suggest that the Rochester people transfer the cup to the Chicago Yacht Club so as to ensure a competition in 1911. The yacht club officers here today hotly disclaimed any reluctance to entertain a Canadian challenge and deny unfairness in former negotiations. At a meeting of the executive committee this morning it was decided to decline to transfer the cup to the Chicago sailors.


Clayton, N.Y., Aug. 4th - Capt. Simon G. Johnson died at the family home, here, Tuesday afternoon. He was born in Ottawa eighty-nine years ago, and had lived in Clayton since 1854.

For many years Capt. Johnson was the leading boat builder of the St. Lawrence. Among the vessels he designed and built were the schooners Brooklyn, Eagle Wing, Hoboken, Clayton, Belle and E.F. Barker.

After the passing of the sails he built the steambarge Delphin, steamers T.S. Faxton, Island Belle, St. Lawrence, and Nightingale. The last named two are now plying the St. Lawrence river.

In politics Capt. Johnson was a staunch republican, representing the town of Clayton on the board of supervisors for many years, besides being assessor for a long time. He was also instrumental in building the Clayton branch of the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg railroad, and in the corporation of the village of Clayton, was one of the organizers of the Congregationalist church, of which he had always been an active member, and erected several business blocks in the village which he owned at his death.

He is survived by his widow and two daughters, Mrs. George M. Hungerford and Miss Belle Johnson, and Capt. Henry S. Johnson.



A Napanee yachtsman writes: Conspicuous among the yachts at the Kingston regatta was M.B. Mills' cruising yacht, Dolphin, of Napanee, entered for the purpose of demonstrating that a yacht to have speed does not necessarily have to be as thin as a wedge or have her decks flush with the water. The Dolphin is purely and simply a genuine cruiser, with high sides, great beam, and a cabin house with six feet head room, with best accommodations for eight persons. Her sail area is very small, comparitively, with the racers she had to compete with, having only a little over 1,000 square feet, while boats of her size usually have from 1,200 to 1,400 square feet. Obviously such a boat will not make her best showing in light weather. Therefore, her success at Kingston was not marked (not even on the bulletins), as the races started in very light airs and the racers slipped away to good leads before the breeze freshened and the Dolphin, though overtaking several, could not catch the leaders before the line was crossed. However, in the cruising race from Prinyer's Cove to Picton, a distance of seventeen miles, all windward work, the latter half in very heavy weather, she proved her superiority by overtaking half a dozen competitors and finishing in second place, and at Picton, on Tuesday, in half a gale, she made the best showing of the bunch, doing her work with ease while many of the other yachts were unable to stand up under the heavy puffs. The Dolphin was designed and built by her owner, and raced by himself, his two sons and Wilbur Card, a lad of sixteen years of age, all of whom are justly proud of her recent performance.

At the Kingston regatta, the Dolphin was not officially measured, and, therefore, was allowed to enter the races merely out of courtesy. Some of the yachtsmen stated that she could not be sailed in amateur races, as she took out cruising parties for pay, and that her owner was not, therefore, an amateur sailor. This, however, did not lessen the Dolphin's sailing prowess.


Tug Meteor and tug Edwards are here with a dredge from the Soo for Montreal.

At Folger's wharf: steamer America is running an excursion from Picton today to Cape Vincent and Watertown; schooner Cornelius (sic - Cornelia ?) with coal from Sodus, for 1,000 Island Steamboat Co.

Swift & Co.'s wharf: steamer Belleville down last night; steamer Dundurn up last night; steamers Kingston and Caspian down and up; steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa this morning.

M.T. Co.'s wharf: steamer Kinmount arrived this morning with 70,000 bushels of wheat from Fort William; tug Emerson cleared for Montreal with one grain barge; tug Bronson cleared for Prescott.



Paddle Steamer Atlantic Located In Lake Erie.

Port Dover, Aug. 4th - Capt. J. Low, jr., returned with his tug Racey from a search with the propeller Douglas, of Detroit, for the wreck of the paddle steamer Atlantic, which was wrecked in 1852, by collision with an unknown vessel. The wreck was attended by great loss of life, many passengers not even having time to get out of their staterooms. Capt. Low reports that the wire sweep caught on the wreck on Sunday. The wreck lies in 159 feet of water with one paddlebox showing at 129 feet. The extreme depth necessitates the use of special diving suits armored with aluminum. The wreck has been bouyed all round and the divers will now proceed to search for two safes holding $40,000 in gold. A Detroit syndicate has been employed in searching for the craft, and secured the services of old wreckers who located the wreck on two occasions many years ago. The wreck lies two miles off Long Point.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Aug 1910