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Earliest known photo of a hydro running tethered

This photo from the Westmoreland archive was taken in 1915. The tethering line can be clearly seen and is the first dated photo of a boat on the 'circular course'. The boat is either Evil Spirit or Groves' Irene breaking the existing speed record at Victoria Park, but by the end of the year Fred Westmoreland had set a new record with Evil Spirit of 25.06mph, which would stand until 1921. Remarkable to think that boats were still being run during the First World War.
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