1909 Cathlamet Regatta
Willamette River, Cathlamet WA, September 4, 1909

Launch Pacer Swamped
Portland Boat Sinks While En Route to Cathlamet Regatta

Motorboats Race Monday
Launch Pacer Swamped
Big Crowd Sees Motorboat Races
Cathlamet Regatta

ASTORIA, Sept. 4.—(Special.)—The launch Pacer, of Portland, swamped this morning in the Columbia River off Cape Horn while en route to Cathlamet for the regatta. Later she was raised and beached at Cathlamet.

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George Kelly, commodore of the Willamette Motorboat Club, thinks it is not probable that the Pacer met with any serious damage if the accident was due merely to swamping, as the boat could be very easily beached and the water baled out and with the addition of a new set of batteries the boat would be in as good a racing trim as ever.

"Cox, the owner, has the reputation of being a true motor boat enthusiast, and it is not likely that the accident will keep him or his boat out of the Labor day races," continued Mr. Kelly.

(Transcribed from the Sunday Oregonian, Sep. 5, Sect. I, p. 1.)

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

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