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Surf Patrol: 1900

Surf Patrol: 1900

Two sheets to the wind circa 1900. "Sailing on the beach. Ormond, Florida." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Those crazy Wright Sisters!

That'll never work!

"Ready off, we are coming about"

I think the boom would only be moved when the skipper had stopped and allowed the ladies to switch sides of the boat. That might be only after they reached the end of their run and reversed to return to the starting point. This would be fun today if you could find enough free beach to sail.

Just Great

What a fantastic picture, love it! Are they actually moving?

[No, but there are some photos showing how this rig worked that we'll be posting soon. - Dave]

Margaret Hamilton, is that you?

I had the same gut reaction. She looks like she might be after Dorothy at this very moment.

What delightful posture, though, I have to say. (How much of that is owed to a corset is anyone's guess.)


Can we get a closeup of the wheel?


With a land breeze or a sea breeze blowing most of the time, they'd always be, more or less, on a beam reach. If they had to come about they'd be in trouble. That boom is a deck sweeper.

3 GP

A 3-gossip-power vehicle. Runs on eco-friendly hearsay. Psst. Psst. Vrooooom!

When witches relax

Just chillin' on the beach. Don't get any water on you, my lovely.

Watch the boom

Heavens! What happened when he shouted "Ready about"?

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