Photo of the
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
Remarkable to think that boats were still
being run during the First World War.