1908 Hudson River Carnival
Motorboat Dixie II Makes Mile Record
Dixie II well maintained the reputation she has made for the highest motorboat speed in the world yesterday when, in the opening events of the motorboat carnival on the Hudson River, the international cup winner won the mile championship easily over her two competitors, Vim and Den. With six trials over the navy measured nautical course, going three times with the tide and three times against it, Dixie II averaged 2 minutes 3 seconds, a rate of 29.26 nautical miles an hour and 33.70 statute miles an hour. On her third trial with the tide Dixie II made the exceptionally fast time of 1 minute 54 4-5 seconds, which gives an average of 31.30 nautical miles or 36.08 statute miles an hour.
This is the fastest time ever made by this new American boat over a measured mile course, beating the mile trials over the measured New York Yacht Club course in Hempstead Harbor immediately after the British International cup race ay Huntington. Dixie II's first two trials with the tide were each made in 2:04, while her corresponding trials against the tide were 2:06 4-5 and 2:10 1-5, respectively. On her last trials Capt. S. Bartlay Pearce and Albert Rappughn, who have had charge of the boat in all her big races, got all of her engines working perfectly, and she fairly flew through the water, making one of the most stirring exhibitions ever seen in a motorboat run on the river. Her time against the tide was equally notable, 1:59 4-5, beating by more than four seconds her first two times with the tide. The tide was practically at flood during the trials.
The mile races started from a point south of the Columbia Rowing Clubhouse, about opposite 115th Street, and ran down the river to a point off Ninety-first Street. C. G. Davis and C. H. Lary kept the time at one end, and T. F. Purdie and W. K. Whipple at the other end.
Commodore Joseph H. Hoadley's Den made the second best average time, 2:32, for her six trials, equivalent to 23.68 nautical miles, or 27.27 statute miles an hour. George F. Baker Jr's Vim, which was built early in the Summer at Bridgeport, averaged 3 minutes for her trials, equivalent to 20 nautical miles, or 22.03 statute miles an hour. The latter boat, to the surprise of the committee, made her best time in her final run against the tide, 2:50, one second faster than her best time with the tide.
(Transcribed from the New York Times, Sep. 22, 1908, p. 7. )
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