Standard Does It Again in 1907

Standard's Remarkable Run

On Friday, July 5, the motorboat Standard made a remarkable run up the Hudson River from New York to Albany, a distance of about 145 miles, covering it in 5 h. 23 m. 53 s. The start was made from the station of the Motor Boat Club of America at One Hundred and Eighth Street and North River at 12:56:30, and Albany was reached at 6:43:23, giving some of the crew of the Standard time to jump aboard the Albany boat and arrive in New York the next morning. These palatial steamers, by the way, take between eleven and twelve hours to make this trip, so it can be readily appreciated exactly what the Standard accomplished. The boat has been put in fine shape this season for Mr. Price McKinney of Cleveland, who is summering on the St. Lawrence.

On board were seven people, including Geo. McKesson Brown, Eugene Riotte, Carl Riotte, Dr. Louis Neumann and a crew of three. The Riottes, of course, represented the Standard Motor Construction Co., while Dr. Neumann acted as timer. It is doubtful if this run has been in any way nearly approached by any other motorboat in the world. The time at various points follow: Left New York, 12:56:30; Yonkers, 1:20:45; Ardsley, 1:36:15; Tarrytown, 1:44:40; Rockland Lake, 1:55:50; Heverstraw, 2:00:06; Stony Point, 2:11:00; Peekskill, 2:19; West Point, 2:37; Newburg, 2:56:35. (Here a stop of 15 minutes was made.) Poughkeepsie, 3:49; Esopus, 4:14:40; Kingston, 4:25:15; Catskill Landing, 5:15; Hudson, 5:29. (Here a stop of 8 minutes was made for a pilot.) Albany Bridge, 6:43:23. Total given time, 5:46:54; less 23 minutes' stop; net time 5:23:53. When the winding character of the river is considered, the run is all the more remarkable.

(Transcribed from The Motor Boat, July 25, 1907, p. 20. )

{The 145 miles in 5 hours 23 minutes and 53 seconds figures out to an average speed of 26.305 mph - GWC}


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