ORIOLE, AILEEN AND ZELMA
coloured pencil drawing
signed and dated 1900
19.5 ins x 32.25 ins; 49.5 cms x 81.9 cms
In 1861 the Prince of Wales was asked by members of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (R.C.Y.C.) if he would donate a cup to commemorate his visit to Toronto the previous year. He agreed and so began the annual Prince of Wales Cup Race on Lake Ontario.
During the 1880s the Aileen and Oriole - owned by the Gooderham family - were both frequent winners of the Cup.
According to RCYC records, “During the season of 1893, the Zelma started in every race for which she was eligible and finished with an unbroken record of first places, nothwithstanding that in many cases she had to compete with boats of double her own tonnage...”
Private Collection, Ontario