Ossining Yacht Club in the Gay Nineties
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The Ossining Yacht Club formed in 1893.
It grew quickly, and numbered over ninety members within
three years. The club attracted
many active sailors from the Sing Sing Yacht Club and acquired all
of the fast sandbaggers of their fleet.
The Ossining Yacht Club flourished for eight years and became
well known on the River during that period.
At the end of 1902 they closed their clubhouse and many re-join
the SSYC. With their passing, the era of sandbagger racing
ended at Ossining.
Club Notes. A New Yacht Club, to be know as the Ossining
Yacht Club, was on Monday evening last organized by the election
of the following officers: Commodore,
Ralph Stray; Vice-Commodore, Augustus R Osborne; Secretary, Alfred
I Riker; Treasurer, Fred A Griffin; Measurer, Irving S Haff; House
Committee Irving S Haff, Herbert Cornell and Hon. Edgar L Ryder.
Nearly all the members are veteran yachtsmen in this vicinity,
and they have fitted up the little brown building near the Upper
Dock for a clubhouse. They
own almost all of the best yachts that used to belong to the Sing
Sing Yacht Club. --The Democratic Register 03.11.1893
Notes.--Contractor John Haff is building
the addition to the quarters of the Ossining Yacht Club. --The Democratic Register 04.15.1893
For the Ossining Yacht Club. A grand athletic entertainment will be held in Olive
Opera House next Friday evening at 8 o’clock, for the benefit of
the Ossining Yacht Club. Among
the many other scientific exhibitions of the manly arts, the star
events will be Jerry Barnett of New York, who recently boxed Dixon,
the colored champion of the world, to a draw, in New York, against
Charlie Barnett, who is another good man; Jack Grace, of New York
against the well known Jack Dorsey, the “Baltimore Spider” and last,
but by no means least of the stars, will appear the far-famed “Billy”
Vernon, of Haverstraw, who in time is destined to become the light-weight
champion of the world, against “Jim” Coughlin, of Brooklyn.
-- The Democratic Register
An historic Sanborn Map locates Ossining Yacht Club south of the Upper
Dock and Sellazo Pier
The club was just one year old on that
evening and the members present indulged in a mild celebration.
Boxing was indulged in, and Messrs. Frank Fagan and Walter
Stray sang all the popular ditties of the day and were warmly
applauded. “G--” sang
“The Girl I Left Behind Me” in a truthful manner and he received
an ovation. The club intends to start the second year of its existence
by building a handsome two-story addition to their club and they
expect to have some lively yachting times in this season.
-- Republican 03.10.1894
Yacht Club Games. The
Thanksgiving Day outing and games of the Ossining Yacht Club,
held on Andrew Rohr’s farm, was a huge success in every way.
day was perfect, the attendance large, and the games and sports
so closely contested as to call forth great applause in each event.
entries in the one hundred yards’ dash were Messrs. Storms, Bunyea,
Griffin, and Rice of this village and Serrell of Ludlow. The first heat was won by Serrell, but so closely followed by Bunyea
that at first it looked like a dead heat. The second heat resulted in a tie between Storms and Bunyea, and
in the final heat Storms won easily, and took first prize. Serrell came in second and Bunyea third.
The time for the final heat was eleven seconds, which was
excellent time considering the track, which was about as bad as
could be; in fact, dangerous to run upon.
The broad jump was won by Walter V
Stray and the jump with dumb bells by Ralph R Stray.
After several laughable trials by different persons, Ben.
Haines climbed the greased pole.
Charles Rohr caught the greased pig
after a long and exciting chase. Commodore Andrew Rohr beat Rear-Commodore C
S Raymond in the live bird shoot; and also
won in the clay-bird shoot. He did some remarkable shooting. The
four boxing bouts were well contested and exciting throughout,
especially the one between Messers.
Bolan and Hall.
The Democratic Republican
The Ossining Yacht Club Games. The committees in charge of
the second annual outing and games of the Ossining Yacht Club,
to be held in Robbins Opera House, Thanksgiving afternoon, are
hustling, and promise to present an entertainment that will surpass
anything in this line ever before given by this popular organization.
games will begin at one o’clock, and will consist of running,
potato, sack and three-legged races, jumping and other events.
Boxing bouts between well-known local amateurs and amateurs
from Peekskill and other places, together with the well-known
Barnett Brothers, professionals from New York, will form a special
feature of the entertainment.
These contests will take place on an elevated ring, and
those who attend will have an opportunity of witnessing the best
exhibition of the “manly art” ever seen in this village.
admission will be twenty-five cents and seats will be reserved
-- The Democratic Republican
the New Year. The Ossining Yacht Club, of
this village, gave a banquet on Tuesday night last in their club
house in honor of the parting year, and to meet socially and welcome
the new. Over forty members of the club and their friends
assembled to enjoy the “feast of reason and flow of soul”. The banquet was served by Chef Emanuel Papino,
and consisted of six courses served in this chef’s most elaborated
midnight hour, Commodore Rohr arose and announced that 1896 had
arrived and he wished all a Happy New Year, after which Vice-Commodore
Terwilliger addressed the meeting. He outlined the progress that the organization
had made since its formation three years ago with four members. Now it has nearly ninety members on its rolls,
and is perhaps the liveliest organization in this village. He made a patriotic allusion to the great international
yacht race last fall, which excited considerable enthusiasm among
those present, and concluded by reading a letter, said to have
been sent by a young lady, telling the exploits on land of some
of the prominent members of the club, which presented disclosures
that set the company in roars of laughter. He has mislaid the letter, so we cannot give
it in full this week.
--Democratic Register 01.04.1896
Yacht Club’s Great Show. Everybody
who has read the posters announcing that “the greatest aggregation
of amateur stars”, composed of members of the Ossining Yacht Club
and Volunteer Life Saving Corps, of this village, will give one
of the best amateur minstrel and variety entertainments every
seen in Sing Sing, at Olive Opera House, Tuesday night, April
14th, are convinced from the “modest” announcement
that the entertainment will certainly be an enjoyable and up-to-date
affair. Diligent rehearsals, combined with ardent enthusiasm on the part
of the “talent”, has rendered them about perfect and they are
eager to appear before the footlights.
The first part will be an innovation
from the conventional half-circle, and will be so nautical in
character, that the audience will certainly think the jolly tars
on board the ship “Weskora” are at anchor off Paradise Island.
This scene will be one of the most elaborate ever shown
on the local stage, and in it will be introduced all the coming
comedians and great solo artists and the merry end men – Messrs.
Ralph Baker, Fred. W Barlow,
Warren Odell, “Bab” Maleady, and George Leary – ten soloists,
and up-to-date medley overture, rendered by a chorus of fifty
voices and a grand finale. Commodore
J M Terwilliger, of the V L S C will act as Captain of the “Weskora”
and help along the jollity.
Swain of the Electric Light Company will introduce a number of
novel electrical effects, which will be a novelty never before
used on our stage.
Among the specialties introduced
in the second part will be Hunt and Gensler, the great “Dutch
Team”, in their fun-provoking sketch, “From You I Can No Part”. This is entirely original, and will alone be worth the price of
kings of fun-makers – Barlow and Baker – will also appear in one
of most comical Irish sketches every seen here, introducing specialties,
parodies, local songs, gags, and up-to-date jollity.
Griffin, Kromer, and Baker, who will introduce a musical sketch,
in which 15 instruments are employed, have one of the funniest
specialties on the programme.
The eight premier song and dance
artists – Messrs. Adams, Barrett, Leary, E I Maleady, Minnerly,
H Rice, W V Stray and Walsh – of whom so much is expected, will
certainly make a decided hit; in fact, their fame has extended
so far by their rehearsals that metropolitan vaudeville managers
are already negotiating for their services. They will introduce “My Darling Emeline".
festivities will conclude with the laughable skit, "Return
of the Lost One", by the entire company, in which some novel
features will be introduced, also singing and genuine buck and
Democratic Register 04.11.1896
News. --The members of the Ossining Yacht Club are striving
to bring their membership past the century mark.
The new members elected on Tuesday evening last, brought
the number up to ninety-six.
--The Pauline B, the sailing crack-a-jack
of this vicinity, and the pride of the Ossining Yacht Club, was
launched during the past week.
The owners hope to have a more successful racing season
this summer than they had last, and will have many novelties in
the racing apparatus of the slick little craft. Capt. Irving S Haff will be at the helm again
this season and is eager for the fray.
“Hank” knows how to sail a boat and his friends expect
great things from this year. --
Democratic Register 04.25.1896
For the Benefit of the GAR. The Ossining Yacht Club and Volunteer
Life Saving Corps of this village will repeat their great minstrel
and variety entertainment in Olive Opera House, this village,
next Tuesday evening, May 12th for the benefit of Morell
Post, No. 144, GAR of
Second Annual Regatta. There
were thirty-three entries and twenty starters in the eight classes
in the second annual regatta of the Ossining Yacht Club last Saturday
afternoon. At the time of the start, about 1 o’clock,
there were many of the fair sex gracing the balconies of the clubhouse,
and the scene thereabout was one of great activity in getting
the various craft in condition for the race.
course for Class C was to and around a stake boat anchored off
Dobbs Ferry and return, starting from an imaginary line between
a stake-boat and the clubhouse and finishing, at the same place,
distance about twenty miles.
course for classes D, F, I, J and K was three times around a triangular
course, starting from an imaginary line between a stake-boat anchored
just below Croton Point, to a stake-boat on the west bank of the
channel off Scarborough; thence back to the starting point, making
a run of about eight miles.
for Class L and the half-raters was twice around this latter course.
was W L Onyans and the Regatta Committee Robert T Dennis, Chairman;
Fred. A Griffin, Benjamin
R Smith, James H Moran, Irving S Haff, Timothy F Walsh, F A Fisher
and W V Stray. They occupied
Commodore Andrew Rohr’s fine new yacht Adeline.
In Class C, cabin sloops, 32
feet and under 40 feet, there were three starters: Minta, Bolet
Brothers owners, Tappan Zee Y.C.; Ella S, B R Smith and others
owners, Ossining Yacht
Club, and Henry
Ward Beecher, Bevers & Tompkins owners, Tower Ridge Y.C. This was a very peculiar race. The Minta got away at the start long after
the other two, and while they are admitted to be fliers, the Beecher
generally winning in her class, the Minta got home nearly half
an hour ahead of them, went out of its way in crossing the home
line, and even then her rivals were out of sight.
Neither the judges nor any one else could believe she went
over the whole course, her performance was so extraordinary.
But the crew said they had and so did the crews of the
defeated yachts. It then turned out that she went down on the west side of the river
while the Beecher and Ella S were fighting against the tide, and
thus stole a march on them. She
certainly won handsomely and her time was 4:07:08.
Ella S defeated the Beecher beautifully, her time being
4:30:35, and that of the Beecher 4:33:28.
D, open sloops, the Cleon, Charles A Preston owner, Tappan Zee
Y.C., was the only starter and she withdrew after the second turn.
F, cabin cats, the starters were: Gracie, O C Pinckney owner,
TZYC; Ethel, E Y Nelson owner, TZYC, and D F Fox, V E Van Hagen,
Troy Y C. The latter won
I, open cats over 23 feet, the Nan, Gabriel Reeves owner, Yonkers
Corinthian Yacht Club, had a walk over, there being no competitor
J, open cats 23 feet and over 20 feet, the Pauline B, Maleady
& Ward owners, OYC, and Colleen, Jackson & Bartlett owners,
TZYC were the starters. The
Pauline B withdrew after the second round. The Colleen won in 2:22:24.
K, open cats 20 feet and over 17 feet, the starters were Lohengrin,
Van Wyck Rossiter owner, TZYC; Frank, W W Whyland owner, GYC;
and Gauntlet, A X Fallon owner, TZYC. The latter won in 3:09:23.
L, open cats 17 feet and under, there were three starters; Cinch,
W Hubbard owner, Audubon
Flossie, Walter V Stray owner, OYC, and Beatrice, Eugene Cuatt owner. The latter did not finish. The
Cinch won in 2:29:00.
In the special class – half
raters – there were three starters: Isabel, James P McQuade owner;
Nereus, O C Pinckney owner, and Florence, E Cohen owner, all of
the TZYC. The Nereus won
The prizes were handsome trophies
and the visitors ought to be well satisfied since they won them
--Democratic Register 06.26.1896
Sing Sing Steamer Company’s base ball team and the Ossining Yacht
Club’s nine will play a match game in this village on Memorial Day.
--Democratic Register 04.24.1897
will be a fine bass chowder and other refreshments served at the
“smoker” at the Ossining Yacht Club on next Monday evening, May
22. Two professional entertainers, Frank Manning,
a very clever monologist and humorist, and Prof. De Biere a skilled
prestidigateur, both fresh from an engagement at Keith’s Union Square
Theater, will help to entertain the assemblage.
The tickets are only fifty cents and can be obtained from
members or at the door.
--The Republican 5.20.1899
of Clubs. The Ossining Yacht Club is about to consolidate
with the remaining members of the Ossining Wheelmen, of Central
avenue, who were on the verge of disbanding.
The new club will have a membership of about 100, and will
have the fine clubhouse and floats of the yacht club for a summer
home and resort, and the recently refitted, handsome rooms of the
defunct Wheelmen, and their fine pool and billiard tables, for a
winter and cold weather home, and will have advantages not surpassed
by any other organization in town.
-Democratic Register 02.10.1900
Yacht Club Notes. An interesting pool tournament
has been going on in the rooms on Central avenue this week, and
it will be continued through next week.
All of the crack players of the club are in it and some close
games have been the result. A handsome cue with silver name plate will
be the winner’s prize. A
billiard tournament, handicap, is also under way.
meetng and lection of officers will take place next Monday evening
March 5th. The club now has just 100 members.
and Pool Tournaments. A billiard tournament is now
underway in the village rooms of the Ossining Yacht Club, on Central
avenue, and some interesting games are being played there nightly. It is a handicap tournament and Messrs. John M Terwilliger, Lansing
Terwilliger, William L Onyans, and Eugene Cuatt are the scratch
--Democratic Register 03.24.1900
will be a tub race for members only, at the Ossining Yacht Club
on Tuesday evening, next July 24th, for a prize of
a fine brier pipe. Start to be made from float at 7.45 o’clock.
--Democratic Register 07.21.1900
Ossining Yacht Club Clambake – Wednesday, September 11th,
has been set as the date of the annual clambake of the Ossining
Yacht Club. The event will take place at the Van Courtlandt
farm, on the old Croton Dam Road, just beyond Brookside. Tickets, including transportation each way
$2.50. The bake will be
made by George Hunt, and will be of the genuine Rhode Island persuasion
– stone baking.
--The Democratic Register 08-24-1901
Club Is No More. This
organization, which in the palmy days was well known along the
Hudson River, has gone out of existence. Its membership had dwindled down to only a few and they decided to “give up the
ship and rest on their laurels.
The Volunteer Life Saving Corps composed
of members of the Yacht Club, also goes down with it.
It had done good work in its day.
Its life Boat will be placed in the hands of the Village
authorities to organize a new corps.
The one-time popular and prosperous
organization went down with colors flying, however, and owing
to the hustling of Collector John Vanderbilt passed out of existence free
and clear of debt.