The Blue Bell’s Disaster

“The Blue Bell was built in 1852, to beat the Island Queen. By a lucky combination of circumstances that boat carried off the first prize at every regatta at which she appeared that year. A second race was held on Skaneateles Lake, which she declined attending, but the Ashland came. After the regatta a scrub race was made up for the three winning boats, the Blue Bell, Ashland, & Amazon & they were started late in the day, in a heavy blow, accompanied by a drizzling rain. On the home stretch the Blue Bell broke her boom into three pieces. The others continued the race; the Amazon steadily gaining on the Ashland, which beat by half a length.”

– From The Rev. William Martin Beauchamp’s Souvenirs of Some Early Days in Skaneateles, N.Y. (1882), copied and published by the Skaneateles Library Association in 1983.

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