One Hundred Years Ago – August, 1914
Famous boat out of commission
Farewell to Ankle-Deep! How those words pull at the heart strings of the sporting populace of Lake George and vicinity, for the people of northern New York have learned to admire the big speed boat, which has won for Warren County a high place in the sport of motordom throughout the world. Count Casimer S. Mankowski’s Ankle-Deep is no more. The mahogany craft which won such high honors on the water will never be put in commission again to race for trophies against the speed demons of the world.
In the races at Buffalo during the first part of the month of August, 1914, the Ankle-Deep was so badly burned by reason of the rupture of the gasoline feed pipe that she is practically a total loss to Count Mankowski, as no insurance can be carried on boats of her character. Countess Mankowski has received word that the Ankle-Deep was practically destroyed and the count and his mechanician were safe. The famous thirty-two foot long boat will never again sail over the clear waters of “Old Horicon,” as Lake George was once known.
From the time that the Dixie boats began to win world wide recognition up until 1912 there had been no marked advance in the development of reliable racing boats. There had been freaks and boats capable of short fast spurts but the Ankle-Deep, with her one 300 horse power motor, capable of traveling over 50 miles an hour, was the first great long distance racer in several years to break all records and set an entirely new standard for the speed craft of the future.
The count is a mighty good sport, having been bitten deep by the racing bug and it is a fairly safe wager that another season will see him in the game again with another world beater.