A New Dixie and a New Standard [1909]

Racing Motor Boat Wrecked in Trial
New 500 Horse Power Standard Capsizes in First test on Waters of Hudson
Engine Stopped and Craft Capsizes, with Designer Crane and Trial crew on Board

Two Motor Boats For Monaco Races
Racing Motor Boat Wrecked in Trial
Trial Trip of the "Standard"
Two American Boats for Monaco
Models of Dixie II and III

The 500 horse power motor boat Standard, designed especially for speed as one of America's two representatives in the international motor boat races at Monaco in April, was capsized and damaged about the hull yesterday by striking a log in her first trial in the waters of the Hudson River off 159th Street. The Standard was put in the water Friday for the first time, and went out yesterday with her designer, Clinton H. Crane, and the crew that will man her abroad, for her first trial for speed.

The trial never got as far as speeding, however, for, while testing her machinery and control, she had not attained anything like the high speed that she was built to show when she struck a heavy water-logged timber that started a plank in her bottom, stopped her engine, and caused her to roll in such manner that she capsized while her master was trying to ascertain the amount of damage done. As the Standard turned over a power boat following and in attendance on the trial, came up and took the crew off the racing craft and made fast to the Standard, floating with her keel upward.

The Standard was towed to shore and taken to her dock, and engineer and designer were busy yesterday afternoon until dark trying to learn how much the boat and her machinery had been injured.

Harry Putrell, Chief Engineer of the intended record-breaker, and two assistants made up the crew, who were testing the boat under the direction of Mr. Crane, the designer. None of them was any the worse for the wreck, and both Designer Crane and Engineer Putrell ascertained last night that the damage to the Standard was of such a character that it could be easily and quickly repaired.

Mr. Crane said last night that an effort would be made to repair the new racer and get her ready for shipment on Saturday, as scheduled, with her companion American entry the Dixie II, on the Roma, the intention being to send the two racing motor boats to Villafranche, a few miles from Monaco, and run them up to Monaco under their own power.

(Transcribed from the New York Times, Feb. 22, 1909, p. 6. )

[Thanks to Greg Calkins for help in preparing this page —LF]

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