White Fox [1905]

Adorning our new cover this week [not available —LF] appears a half-tone of Walter Ferguson Jr's speed launch White Fox under way, winning the final race in her class in the recent power boat races on the Hudson River, Sept. 14th, 15th and 16th. White Fox was designed by Frank L. Nichols, Stamford, Conn., and built by the Stamford Motor Co.. She is 27 ft. o. a., 26 ft. w. l., overhang forward 1 ft., extreme breadth 4 ft. 8 in., draught of hull 1 ft., extreme draught 1 ft. 8 in., freeboard bow 2 ft. 3 in., freeboard stern 3 ft. 1 in., displacement 2115 lbs. She is equipped with a 4-cylinder, 2 port, 2-stroke, high speed jump spark Schnecker marine engine of 15 h.p. The boat was launched on May 27th, 1905. Her first race was in the New Rochelle Y.C. races, n June 10th, which she won in her class, distance 19 1/2 nautical miles, time 1 hr. 35 min. 33 sec. Her second race was in the power boat races of the Corinthian Y.C. at Stamford, distance 19 nautical miles, time 1 hr. 37 min. 47 sec. Her third race was July 22nd, at the Stamford Y.C., won by a good margin. >From this on she followed the circuit at the different Y.C. races and won six consecutive times out of seven starts.

In this series she won three straight races, winning the cup in her class. Her best time over 19 1/2 nautical miles was 1 hr. 27 min. 32 sec.

(Transcribed from Power Boat News, Oct. 7, 1905, p. 531. )

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


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