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Object Name Launch, Gasoline
Date 1904-1905
Artist Seabury, Charles
Maker Gas Engine and Power Co., Charles L. Seabury Consolidated, NYC
Used Bluff Point Camp, Raquette Lake, Hamilton County
Description Gasoline-Powered Inboard Speedboat SKEETER

L: 45'B: 4' 5"Wt: 4658 lbs
Skeeter had a short racing career, competing only three times in the summer of 1905. She was retired not because she was unreliable or slow, but because she couldn't win races. The early Gold Cup races were governed by a set of handicapping rules intended to equalize competition between large and small boats. Because of her length, Skeeter was heavily penalized, having been designed according to classic rules of naval architecture, which equated length with speed. In her only Gold Cup race, she turned laps of 27 m.p.h. making her one of the fastest speedboats of her day, but she was beaten by the 27'-long Chip traveling nine m.p.h. slower. Her owner, E.J. Schroeder, "traded up" to Dixie II, with which he had better luck.

Skeeter's original and only engine, a Model F, Serial No. 3 Speedway, was built in 1905. It was rated at 61 horsepower, about the same as the Volkswagen "Bug" of the late 1960s. The engine was started by means of a hand crank; ignition was provided by a magneto. The crankshaft and six cylinders were lubricated by individual oil lines from a box-like brass oil tank mounted on the engine. Each oil line had its own metering orifice with an adjustable drip system. The engine displacement is 1018 cu. in. The cylinders have a 6" bore and the pistons a 6" stroke. Skeeter's propeller has a 23" diameter and a 34" pitch.

Notes Restored 1983-1990.
Dimensions W-4.417 L-45 feet
Collection BBB210
Catalog Number 1957.107.0001A
Other number cat. 170
Imagefile 051\1957.107.0001a.JPG
Species Launch, Gasoline
Owned by Schroeder, E.J.; Collier, Robert J.,