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years ago, when winters were colder and longer, ice frequently spread
across the Hudson river. Ice boating, skating, and racing of many types
were enjoyed as winter sports on the Hudson.
Ice skating and ice boating became organized activities of
the Sing Sing Yacht Club in the 1880's and 90s.
The Ice Boating. This exhilarating sport has been enjoyed by
the happy owners of ice yachts this week.
The little snow we have had has not interfered with them
to any extent. There are
five of these boats now on the ice.
The “Gleam” is owned by Col. B Stuyvesant Gibson, the “Ice
Blink” by Col. Frank Brandreth, and other nameless yachts by E
Merritt Collyer, Norman Minnerly, Benjamin Sniffin and Elmer H
Hall. It is said that
a race is on the tapis [under consideration], which will no doubt
be a very exciting event.---Democratic Register 1.19.1884
Trot on the Ice. On Wednesday next there will be a trot on the
ice at the Upper Dock, for horses that have never beaten 2:50;
the sum trotted for being a purse of thirty dollars, to be divided
as follows Fifteen dollars to first horse, ten dollars to second,
and five dollars to third. Mile heats, best three in five; five to fill,
three to start. Entrance
fee ten per cent. Trotting
to commence at two o’clock, sharp. ---Democratic Register
Skating and Ice Boating. The
cold weather has been with us almost continually for a couple
of weeks past and the skating season has been in full blast.
Nothing can more effectively restore the roses to faded
cheeks than an hour’s exercise on a pair of sharp skates on the
smooth and shining ice of the river or one of our inland lakes.
There was a time not many years ago, when parties used
frequently to be made up to go to Claremont Pond or the river
and spend an hour or two; but now, for some reason or other, our
young ladies prefer either to go to the Bellvona roller skating
rink or huddle around a fire and discuss social gossip and eat
caramels. No doubt this
extremely pleasant fashion may contain subtle enjoyment, but it
cannot be gainsaid that an hour’s healthy exercise is far more
productive of health and beauty. For now [is] the time to desert the fireside,
don the skates, and skim over the ice in pursuit of the great
boons, health and happiness.
On Saturday last the
skating on the river was excellent, there being large fields of
smooth ice out in the cove which were soon found by hundreds of
skaters who spent most of the day there.
There were a number of the fair sex among them and some
displayed much skill in the art. From the Secor road, the sight of the crowds
out on the river gave one an idea of an immense piece of fly paper
covered with flies struggling hard to free them-
selves, but a nearer approach entirely banished this idea, as
a scene of life and light and grace was unfolded to the spectator.
There was a smart
breeze blowing all day and the ice-boatmen were alive to their
opportunity and had their sails spread and enjoyed the sport muffled
up in warm robes and thick gloves. The annual race for the pennant has not yet
taken place, but will shortly in case the ice remains firm and
sufficiently smooth. There
is talk of forming a club similar to those at Poughkeepsie, and
other places. There is no good reason why there should not be. We have here now several very fast boats and
a club would create an added interest in the exciting sport. ---Democratic
Ice Boating. Most of our
fleet of ice boats have been out skimming over the ice this week
and the skippers have taken out many of their friends to share
the exciting and exhilarating sport with them.
The yachts we have noticed this week were the Aeolus, owned
by Ralph Brandreth; Arrow, Col. Franklin
Brandreth; Gleam, Col. B Stuyvesant Gibson;
Boreas, Washburne Brothers; Contrivance, Stephen Collyer; and the
Flash, Peter Smith.
latter has been chartered, we are informed by Mr. Harry Belcher
of Camp Surprise Indian Territory for the season.
Before the season is over many more boats will make their
appearance on the ice and there may be one or two regattas.---The Republican 1.08.1887
Sports on the Ice. The announce-ment that there
would be racing on the ice on the river, coupled with the fine
skating and weather and the additional fact that it was a holiday
on Wednesday, sufficed to attract over a thousand people to the
river in the afternoon and they crowed out upon the thick ice,
whether they had skates or not.
In addition to
these, there were half a dozed ice boats dashing here, there,
and all over the whole, presenting a scene of animation seldom
witnessed on the river, for all the conditions mentioned do not
The racing was
announced to take place at two o’clock, but it was four before
they were ready to start, and the sun sinking in the west was
not so warm, by many degrees, as it had been earlier.
The delay, it was
said, was caused by one of the horses entered losing some of the
caulks on his shoe, and that had to be repaired by a blacksmith
before the race could go on.
The course was
from a point about off Crawbuckey and thence down to a point off
the Brandreth works, which was said to be about three-quarters
of a mile
There were two
races and they were very pretty to look at. The drivers appeared in cutters, cart runners,
as they were called, and in bicycle sulkies.
The first was a
gentlemen’s road race, which was handsomely won in two straight
heats by Alderman “Glen.” Baker’s black gelding, “Charlie” driven
by the Chief-of-Police J W Tompkins.
He had a long lead at the finish and did not have to push
The purse was ten
The second race was a free-for-all,
in which there were three starters for a purse of twenty-five
dollars. It was won in
two straight heats by William Deveson’s gray gelding, “Allie”,
of White Plains. He did
the driving himself.
The starters were Charles S Raymond
and N G Mooney. The judges at the finish were Dr. E F Sheehan,
James Burns, and Henry Rush.
They did not keep any time.
Frank S Read was
the getter-up of this sporting event, and he succeeded in attracting
a large crowd and producing a very pretty spectacle.
Yacht Club Skating Arrangements. The arrival of the dallying cold snap skimmed the ponds
and the river with ice on Wednesday night, and caused Treasurer
Thompson of the Sing Sing Yacht Club to smile broad grins.
As soon as the ice makes strong enough the club house will
be thrown open to the public, and they can find all the comfort
necessary to enjoy skating over the surface of the river, at two
dollars for the season or five cents single admission. Tickets may be obtained at the stores of Captain
Abram Jones, Washburne Bros., and W I Townsend, where cards will
be displayed on the days the river is in condition, which will
also be heralded by hoisting the flag on the club house. --The Republican
Another Trot on
the Ice. There is to be another series
of three trots on the ice on the river next Monday afternoon to
begin at two o-clock, sharp.
It is gotten up by alderman Glendon H Baker, who promises
that everything will be done to make this race a success.
The first will be a match race between
G H Baker’s black pacer, Charles Rall’s bay pacer, and G H Barlow’s
sorrel pacer, for a purse of $75. The second race will be a free-for-all race
for a purse of $25. The
third will be a road race for a purse of $15.
It promises to afford good sport for the afternoon.
Boaters Meet Obstacle. Harry Kipp, William Gustin,
William Mill and George Vogelsberg, of this village, enjoyed an
exhilarating ice-boating trip to Haverstraw last Sunday.
The journey across was uneventful,
but coming back the boys were confronted with a wide fissure in
the ice. In order to cross it they found it necessary
to unship their sails and form an improvised bridge. The feat was accomplished successfully and they reached home in
safety.It is just such little incidents as this, which
make ice-boating so fascinating.
Enjoyed Sunday Sport on Ice Bridge. There was a scene of unusual
animation on the river opposite this village last Sunday, hundreds
of persons being skating or walking upon the ice.
flittered about and the greatest novelty of the day was an automobile
drive by Robert Hopkins. After making the trip from Tarrytown, he took
Harry Rowe, of Ellis Place, as a passenger, and together they went
across the river, and after circling about the Rockland light, returned
to this village.
The ice bridged the river from
shore to shore, and many persons crossed during the day.
Auto Contest on River Ice. Thousands of persons swarmed
near the finish line of the first great race on the ice at Irvington,
Saturday afternoon, to watch the swaying cars loom out of a snow-cloud
up the Hudson, roar past and vanish in another snow-cloud to the
south. Fred Koenig, of
Tarrytown, driving his monster Mercedes, was victor in the race,
which was six miles in length.
It was figured that his average speed
over the ice was
in the neighborhood of 65 miles an hour.
Not far behind him came Carl Mulhall, with Frank Free third.
was a race between an automobile, and ice yacht, and a horse,
the horse being granted a reasonable time handicap.
Peter Walton’s pacer Brownie, under these conditions was
pitted against Koenig’s Mercedes and Fred Bock’s iceboat Bell.
On this occasion Koenig met with engine trouble while the
result was still in doubt. The prize went to the iceboat, with the horse
a fair second