1910 Harmsworth Trophy
British Motor Boats Here
The three British motor boats which will compete for the Harmsworth Challenge Cup at Larchmont Saturday arrived here yesterday on the Atlantic Transport liner Minnetonka from London. The Maple Leaf II, owned by Mackay Edgar, and the Pioneer, a new hydroplane, owned by the Duke of Westminster, were carried off the afterdeck of the liner, while the third one, the Zigorella, owned by Dan Hanbury, was down in the hold. Joseph Astell came over as mechanic in charge of the Maple Leaf II. The other boats were unaccompanied.
It was said that on board the Minnetonka that Mackay Edgar’s boat, about which there had been so much secrecy, had a speed of thirty-seven knots an hour and would probably be the winner of the race for the cup. N.M. Robbins, who arrived here Saturday by the American liner St. Paul, to steer the Pioneer for the Duke of Winchester, was on the pier and saw his boat unloaded with the other two, on to a Merritt-Chapman derrick lighter. The bonds had all been arranged with the customs authorities before the arrival of the boats.
[Transcribed from the New York Times, Aug. 16, 1910, p. 8.]
(Thanks to Greg Calkins for help in preparing this page —LF)
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