Dixie II [1908]

An Interesting Trophy Defender

Designed by Tams, Lemoine & Crane

Dixie IIThere is now being built, at the yard of Frank Wood, City Island, New York, a racing boat to defend the International Trophy against the foreign challengers for this trophy, which was won in 1907 by Dixie. The new boat is from the designs by Tams, Lemoine & Crane, of New York, which firm has the honor of having designed Dixie. The power equipment will be an eight-cylinder motor of special design, which will develop 200 hp. It is being built at Bayonne, N.J., by the firm of Crane & Whitman. This motor will turn a single screw propeller and a speed of 31 miles an hour, or more, is guaranteed by the designers. The boat is to be delivered in June, and from that time until the race she will be worked up to the highest state of efficiency.

As will be observed from the accompanying sketch, the hull bears a strong resemblance to all the racing craft previously designed by this firm, with its straight sheer, plumb ends and clean, canoe-shaped underbody. The construction specifications call for a single thickness of mahogany planking, built on the ribband carvel style, over elm frames, to which the planking is copper riveted with brass screw fastenings at the ends and keel. The owner's name is withheld for the present.

(Transcribed from MotorBoat, Feb. 25, 1908, p. 26. )

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

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