1879 - Ice Boating on the Hudson
At Poughkeepsie the ice boats are seen in perfection, made of different colored woods, with silver-plated shrouds and gorgeously gilded and painted names; and it is in the races of the Poughkeepsie and New Hamburg Clubs that they show their speed. A boat owned by a gentleman of New Hamburg made in a race a few years ago nine miles, the distance between the above named towns, in seven minutes and a fraction. Another owner further up the river made under most favorable circumstances, wind and ice being perfect and with a flying start, one mile in thirty-one seconds. This boat has since been beaten in a race by a New Hamburg boat. One more anecdote of the sailing powers of the ice boat. A gentleman standing on the platform of the depot at Fishkill said "good bye" to a friend in a train as it was leaving the station, ran down to this boat, jumped on board, set sail, and stood waiting to receive his friends on the arrival of the train at New Hamburg, ten miles above.
As to danger, the best proof of how little there is is in the very few accidents that have happened. Be sure the ice is safe, keep a good lookout for places where people have been cutting ice, don't lose your head if you see other ice boats flying about in your neighborhood, and the danger is trifling compared to that occasioned in sailing a boat in the water. - Troy (N.Y.) Times.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
April 5, 1879
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