The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), 7 Aug 1885

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p.1 The Oswego Regatta - lots of detail of boats, races, etc.

The Canoe Regatta - near Grindstone Island - lots of detail.

Kingston Boats in Trouble - Last night's south-easterly gale made things exciting in the American Canoe Association camp. Several yachts and steamers were anchored off the camp. A large Mackinaw boat belonging to Mr. George Kirkpatrick, of Kingston, dragged her anchors and was coming ashore. Her crew, Messrs. Geo. Kirkpatrick, Jr., A.D. Cartwright, son of Sir Richard, and H.A. Morrow, got aboard, set the jib and mizen and brought her round to the lee of the point after a most exciting sail, in which she seemed on the point of capsizing several times. A crowd of canoeists followed her round the shore and gave her crew hearty cheers for their plucky exploit. After dark the sloop Merline dragged her anchors and brought up against the A.C.A. wharf, where she was secured.

Kingston Regatta

The first and second class yacht races will not take place until Monday. As the contests could not be arranged for today, it was decided not to hold them tomorrow, so that the merchants, who contributed largely towards the purses, will be afforded an opportunity to see the contests. On Saturdays they have to remain in their stores. The third class race, however, will take place tomorrow morning. It will be a good one. It is understood that all the yachts favored the postponement except the Verve, as she had made other arrangements. It is probable that she will not remain. The boats will have plenty of time to get ready for the Belleville regatta on Wednesday.

The harbor presented a pretty sight this morning. Yachts were lying off every wharf, and from their mastheads flags were flying. The crafts now in the harbor are the Oriole, Atlanta, Alarm, Aileen, Verve, Wenona, Iolanthe, Cynget, Norah, Garfield, Laura (Kingston), Laura (Oswego), Katie Gray, Vision of New York, Mabel, Minnie A. and Merlin. Some first class races can be made out of these boats, as they include all the flyers.

-The yacht Vision, 35 tons and two masts, arrived here from New York yesterday. The crew are on a pleasure trip, but if the regatta had taken place today she would have entered in the first-class race.

The Belleville regatta has been postponed till Wednesday, so as to give the boats ample time to get in the best of trim.

The visiting yachtsmen were taken down the river this afternoon in the Marquis of Lorne to Grindstone Island and the Camp Ground.

The Alarm and Oriole arrived too late at Oswego to take part in the race, but went over part of the course.

There will be nine boats in the first class race, which will likely be the best ever held in Canada.

The yacht races will occur tomorrow and Monday mornings at ten o'clock sharp.

This afternoon the owner of the Verve decided to wait over and enter the race.

Steamyachts - The steamyacht Albani goes to Lake Champlain on Monday.

-The Lucile, a very fast steamyacht, arrived here today from the Bay. She is one of Hereshoff's (Bristol, R.I.) build.

-The steamyacht Zephyr, owned by Mr. John Ryan, of Brockville, came to Kingston yesterday on a trial trip.

Floating Facts

-The schr. Annandale is at the asylum discharging a cargo of coal for Capt. Crawford.

-The steamer Corinthian, disabled a few days ago, left for Montreal yesterday morning.

-The steamer Hiram A. Calvin passed down the river yesterday with two barges and one vessel for Montreal. The barges are laden with deals.

-The Canadian schooner Elgin, while bound up the lake on Sunday night, ran ashore five miles below Pacine Point. She is in good shape, lying on a soft bottom and being full of water.

-The steamer Nellie Cuthbert has been purchased by Frederick Bros., of Rossmore, for $3,500. Her tonnage is 59 tons, and is allowed to carry one hundred and fifty passengers.

-The steamers Algerian, Toronto; Corsican, Toronto; Passport, Montreal; Armenia, South Bay; prop. Armenia, Chicago; and steamyachts Albani, Brockville, and Zephyr, Brockville, called at Swift's yesterday and today.

M.T. Company - The schr. Ariadne arrived from Toronto and discharged 9,000 bushels of wheat; the Parthenon, from Brighton, 3,300 bushels of peas; the tug D.D. Thompson from Oswego with three barges containing 2,500 tons of coal. The prop. Armenia lighted 8,000 bushels wheat. The tug Active has gone to Oswego with three lumber laden barges.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), 7 Aug 1885