Racing the Twentieth Century Limited [1925]


Teaser Beats Train

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Teaser Beats Train

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Three Speed Boats to Race Crack Train

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Wood Out For Two Records

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Broken Spring Disables Baby Gar V, Leading

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Challenge To Hoyt By Wood

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Thousands Along River Eagerly Watched Race

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Gar Wood Beats Time Of 20th Century Train

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Power Boats Beat Time of the Twentieth Century

Albany, N Y. May 20 (AP) R.F. Hoyt's speedboat, the Teaser, today beat the 20th Century Limited's time from New York to Albany by 20 minutes. The New York Central's fast train negotiated the distance, 139 miles, in three hours. The Teaser made the trip in 2 hours 40 minutes.

The boat was piloted by George J. Mead of the Wright Aeronautical Corporation. Other passengers were R. F. Chapman, editor of Motor Boating, official observer of the American Power Boat Association, and Capt Christianson.

The Teaser is said to be capable of maintaining 55 miles per hour. She 30 feet long, with a seven-foot, seven inch beam, and is equipped with a 600-horsepower engine.

Last December she beat the Century's time to Poughkeepsie. but was unable to go farther on account of floating ice. She is expected to return to New York this afternoon.

Official timers aboard the speed boats said the Teaser left 86th St, New York, at 7:55 and docked at the Albany Yacht Club Pier at 10:45. The vessel averaged 37.9 miles an hour on the trip of 139 miles.

George J. Mead said today's trial was is the nature of a preliminary for the Gold Cup races at Manhasset Bay, Long Island Sound, Aug 27 to 30, for the speedboat championship of America.

(Reprinted from the New York Times, May 25, 1925)


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