The steam yacht ENQUIRER, owned by W. J. Connor of Buffalo, has scored another victory in a race on Lake Michigan and may be said to be the fastest yacht on the lakes. In a race on July 29 that extended from the breakwater outside of Chicago harbor to the south point of Milwaukee bay, a distance of 85 miles, she forced the whaleback passenger steamer CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS to a full test of her big engines, to beat her inside the harbor piers by a scant minute, and left the ram prow yacht PATHFINDER so far in the rear that that vessel put about and returned to Chicago. The race, which was for a cup, was between the PATHFINDER, owned by F. W. Morgan, and the ENQUIRER, but the yachts were accompanied by the passenger steamers VIRGINIA and CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS. The failure of the PATHFINDER to finish the race was said to be due to the breaking of a tube in her boiler. Another race between the yachts on Lake Erie in the fall is talked of. The ENQUIRER is said to have made the run of 85 miles in 4 hours and 18 minutes, while the time of the CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS was one minute better.
The Marine Review
August 5, 1897
Everybody who had anything to do with the building of the Buffalo yacht ENQUIRER is, of course, very much pleased with her latest success in defeating Chicago's finest pleasure craft, the PATHFINDER. owned Mr. Morgan. Although the race occurred more than two weeks ago, the papers around the lakes are still discussing it. As the Morgan yacht was designed by Boeckel of Racine, who was associated with the Herreschoffs and is fitted with a Thornycroft boiler, the victory of the ENQUIRER is all the more pleasing to her supporters. It is also noted that the PATHFINDER's engines, which are of the quadruple type, are more powerful than those of the ENQUIRER. The ENQUIRER was built by the Union Dry Dock Co. of Buffalo and engined by the Frontier Iron Works of Detroit. Her boiler is the Taylor upright water tube sectional boiler manufactured by the Detroit Screw Works, and the fuel she used was Pocahontas smokeless semi-bitumenous coal.
The Marine Review
August 12, 1897