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The Voyage of Detroit

In THE VOYAGE OF DETROIT, by Thomas Fleming Day, in 1912 Thomas Fleming Day, editor of The Rudder, decided to demonstrate the reliability of the internal combustion engine by taking a 35-foot double-ended powerboat from New York to St. Petersburg, Russia. The trip was an adventure: the vessel’s freeboard was only 21/2 feet so she was usually awash and always rolling; the engine noise was deafening; and the boat caught fire and nearly blew up. After completing the rugged North Sea leg, Day writes, “…The last thing I did was to visit the engine room and kiss the motor good-bye…”

 

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