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HULL KEEL REGATA 1875
The following account of the second day‟s events is taken from The Hull News of 7th August 1875.
The sports were continued on Thursday, the card showing the following fourteen entries:
Keel, Captain, Owner Port.
Minnie, T Porter, Brigham & Co Beverley. Queen, R Major, C Thompson Hull. Hope, J Cox, E Bolton Hull. Emily, W Sutton, Thorne. Eva Hewson, F Day, W Hewson Hull. Hannah & Harriet, W Patrick, C W Briggs & Co Hull. Jane & Maria, C White, G Bailey Hull. Mog, M Schofield, J Jaques Mexborough. Albert Edward, M Brook, R Collison Hull. Lily Dale, J Othick, W Nettleton Hull. Annie, E Todd, E Todd Thorne. Wilsons, W Alsop, W Alsop Thorne. Providence, T Kay, T Kay Thorne. Victory, J Major, J Storr Hull.
The vessels were anchored in a line from the north shore in the above order. Many of them were so close together that several collisions occurred before they got under way. The most serious was that between the Queen and the Hope. The first-named vessel, in rounding, ran close up to the stem of the Hope, and as the Queen‟s anchor was hanging over the bow, the fluke went through the Hope‟s boat and the two vessels were fastened together in a manner that for some time defied all efforts to separate them.
Whilst they were in this position the Wilsons, which had had a leeward position, got sail on and stood in to windward. She passed the Hope‟s bow so close that the keel‟s anchor caught foul of her leeboard, and thus for a full ten minutes the three vessels were held together by their anchors. Eventually the Queen, and then the Wilsons, got clear and went on the course after the other keels, who were by this time half way to Paull.
One of the conditions of the race was that each keel should tow her boat, and as the Hope‟s boat had filled with water she was not in a position to start. The Committee however, anxious that the vessel should compete, borrowed a boat and took it to the Hope. A start was then made, but the other keels were fully five miles away, and the case appeared hopeless for the Hope.
Owing to the Committee‟s steamer being detained with the Hope, she was not sufficiently near to Number Six Buoy to ascertain the order in which the keels rounded, and no accurate time was taken. The first vessel round was, however, the Hannah and Harriet, at about 48 minutes past 12, the start having been effected at 11.30. At the time the bulk of the vessels were passing the buoy, the Hope was seen coming along, at least eight miles up the river, but with a fair wind and tide she soon got down, and having rounded the buoy she kept well over to windward. As the keels came up the Humber they had to stem the ebb tide, which set them all rapidly to leeward, except the Hope, which kept well over to the Yorkshire coast, and got a good lead up in slack tide. Eventually however she began to drift to leeward, but by the time she arrived on the Lincolnshire side of the river she was nearly a mile ahead of all the rest, and bets were freely made on her ultimate success. In coming about to stand to windward the ill luck which attended her at starting again befell her, for she missed stays, gathered sternway, and went onshore. Her crew let go the anchor to prevent her driving further on, and she was thus disqualified. Shortly afterwards the Hannah and Harriet, which held the lead position, had the misfortune to carry away her main yard, and she had to be towed up to Hull. The Wilsons then became the leading keel and she maintained her position to the end of the race, the flag-boat being passed as follows:
Keel, hrs. min. sec. Prize.
Wilsons, 5 18 58, Keel Regatta Club Prize £20. Victory, 5 24 15, Hull Merchants‟ Prize £13. Albert Edward, 5 25 45, Hull Corporation Prize £ 9. Queen, 5 26 05, The Keelmen‟s Prize £ 6.      Providence, 5 26 15, The Roundwood Prize £ 3. Emily, 5 31 30.    Jane and Maria, 5 35 50, entrance fee £ 1. Eva Hewson, 5 40 34.
The Annie and Mog arrived in the next ten minutes, and the Minnie and Lily Dale some time later. The Victory passed the Committee boat with mainsail half lowered and, of course, had it been fully up she would have passed a little earlier. The Committee steamer then returned to the Corporation pier, the company onboard being fully satisfied with their day‟s outing. In addition to the pleasure afforded by watching the keels, luncheon was provided for the visitors, and a band of music played at intervals.