The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Christopher Columbus (Propeller), 5 Aug 1897

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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

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Christopher Columbus (Propeller), 5 Aug 1897