Matagorda County sent flotilla of boats to 1913 canal celebration

rranging for Celebration Of Completion of Intercoastal Canal―Will Be a Great Event―Commodores Meet

   Port O’Connor, Texas, May 5.–Making all arrangements for the big water pageant that is to move through the intercoastal canal in celebration of its opening from Galveston to Corpus Christi, prescribing rules and regulations for the formation of the vessels in the line, and electing C. S. E. Holland, president of the Interstate Waterways League of Texas and Louisiana, as admiral of the fleet, the called meeting of the executive committee, having in charge all details of this parade and celebration, finished its session here today and adjourned. 
   All members of the committee present were enthusiastic, and reported that much interest was being taken in the coming celebration all along the route of the canal and that present indications pointed to one of the biggest water pageants ever held in any country.
    The committee met pursuant to the call of C. S. E. Holland of Victoria, chairman. With the committee met many of the commodores that have been named by various towns along the canal. Among those present at the meeting were: Chairman C. S. E. Holland, Victoria; Lee Farris, Angleton; A. A. Roberts, Danbury; H. N. Henry, Danbury; Royal Givens, Corpus Christi; R. J. Hill, Palacios; L. W. Stevens, Victoria; Harry G. Black, Galveston; H. L. Ayres, Bay City; S. M. Swenson, Freeport; E. C. Hastings, Freeport, and Henry McCann, Port O’Connor. 
   The following order of towns in the line was decided on: Boats from towns farthest west from Galveston, first in line from the west, followed by the boats from each town as it is reached; boats from towns farthest east from Galveston, first in line from the east, followed by the boats from each town as it is reached. 
   Fleets from Corpus Christi and towns farther west will leave Corpus Christi at 9 o’clock on the morning of June 9. 
   The fleet will be joined at Austwell, Tivoli, Victoria, Port Lavaca, Palacios and Seadrift by fleets from those places.  
   The combined fleet, with the boats from Matagorda will leave the Matagorda wharf at 10 o’clock on the morning of June 10 on the run up Matagorda Bay, entire fleet reach the rendezvous at Freeport during the night of June 10. 
   The boats of each fleet will be numbered, beginning with No. 1, and these numbers will designate the position of each boat in the line of boats making up the fleet from any town. Each commodore should occupy boat No. 1 of his fleet. 
   All sponsors, with their chaperons and Maids, will be in Galveston not later than the early morning of June 12. Hotel Galvez will be headquarters. Each fleet will adopt decorations of its own, except that white yachting caps will be worn by every member of each boat.
Abstracted from: The Matagorda News, Friday, May 9, 1913.

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