The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1849

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A meeting is called this afternoon at Lane's Tavern, Barriefield Hill, to form a Barriefield Regatta Club. The time was when every year a pleasant Regatta took place on the calm waters below the Cataraqui Bridge, where all the world could enjoy the scene; and where foot races, pig chases, and athletic sports contributed to amuse the assembled multitude. But when Kingston became the Seat of Government and a big city, the annual celebration of the humble Barriefield Regatta and its attendant sports ceased, and in lieu came those dull, tedious, and stupid affairs, called "Kingston Regattas," in which all the money is spent in purses for sailing matches, which nobody cares for except the parties interested. The legitimate object of all sport is to bring the people together and make them merry. This can never be done by sending off some thirty vessels on a six hours sail, and doing nothing until they come back straggling one after the other. The prizes offered at the recent Kingston Regatta exceeded one hundred pounds in amount, and the sport was nil; the prizes intended to be offered at the Barriefield Regatta will not exceed £20, and the excitement, fun and genuine sport will excel the same kind of thing at the big affair, in inverse proportion to the purses offered. In the first place, there will be marquees and tents pitched upon Barriefield Parade Ground for the convenience and refreshment of visitors, cricketers, etc., and the City Brass Band will be invited to attend. Secondly, all the Boat Races will take place in smooth water, be commenced and ended in sight of all beholders. And thirdly, there will be Foot Races and Wrestling Matches; the whole to end with a Chase after a Shaved Pig, open to all competitors.

The following is a programme of the intended sports to be submitted to the Meeting this evening:-


Skiff Race 5 Pds. 0 0

Two Oared Boat Race 2 10 0

Fisherman's Skiff Race 2 0 0

Hunter's Skiff Race 1 10 0

Long Foot Race 1st Prize 2 0 0

2nd do. 1 10 0

3rd do. 1 0 0

Short Foot Race 1st Prize 1 10 0

2nd do. 1 0 0

3rd do. 0 10 0

Wrestling matches to be determined on.

To conclude with a Chase after a Shaved Pig 1 5 0

We trust all parties friendly to the above sports will attend the Meeting this afternoon, and subscribe their mite towards the Purses. Let but a little encouragement be given, and the Barriefield people will show the Kingston folks how to get up a Regatta to kill.

Port of Kingston.

Sept. 27th - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

Str. Cataract, Lewiston, gen. cargo.

Sept. 28th - Schr. H. Thompson, Sodus, gen. cargo, and 37 bushels peaches, Capt. Eadus.

Str. Highlander, Montreal, gen. cargo.

Str. City of Toronto, Toronto, gen. cargo.

A Scow, French Creek, 4 tons grindstones (94 in number) Holland & Brothers.

Str. Ontario, Lewiston, gen. cargo.

Sept. 29th - Str. Genesee Chief, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Schr. Gazelle, Oswego, 1000 bbls. flour, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. George Clinton, Oswego, 2 barges in tow, Lester & Co.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1849