Alabama's Plucky Speed Trial

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Alabama's Plucky Speed Trial - ALABAMA IS - SECOND Plucky Battle-Ship Gires...
ALABAMA IS - SECOND Plucky Battle-Ship Gires Fleet Rival & Desperate Chase. Little Haehlai, the Iadlaaa, the Kear- arre, aad the Mauaehaaett Die-taaeed fraaa Haaatea Reads. Special Cable Dlrpatch t The Inter Ocean. ' SAN JUAN. Porto Rico, Nov. 21. The cruiser Cincinnati plowed "past Culebra light last night, leaving a shower of phosphorescent spray In her wake, the winner of the greatest race of warships ever run on the .North Atlantic seaboard. Barely ' two miles astern of the cruiser fashed the white searchlight of the great battle-ship Alabama. Sh had distanced all her rival of the heavy-weight class, and had ahowa her quality by putting np a Bammer-and-tongs struggle all the way from Hampton Roads. Vs.. with the fleet cruiser. One by one she had left behind the little gunboat Machlaa, the Indiana ot Santiago fame; the new battle-ship Kearsarge, her own particular rival, and, last of all. the plucky Massachusetts, sister ship of the Oregon. That the comparatively old Massachusetts waa n stronger competitor than the Kearsarge is one of the surprises of the race. That the Alabama came In so close a second to the fast commerce destroyer Cincinnati, even though the .cruiser had been handicapped thirty-five miles at the start, la a superb performance for a first-class battleship, heavily armed. .- . First LagDiitaaee Race -- . - This Is the first time in'lts history that the ships of the North Atlantic squadron have engaged In such a long-distance speed contest in the open sea.. - . As a component part of the great fleet of warships now assembling for the winter naval maneuvers under command of Admiral Dewey, the North Atlantic squadron was ordered, after assembling at Hampton Roads, to proceed to the naval rendeivous off Cule bra light, the. beacon that gleams from the pinnacle of a rocky little laland'off San Juan point, Porto Rico. " -. " Here was a superb opportunity to test the actual relative speed of the ships of the fleet In competition and under thoroughly prac tical conditions. " Five of the ship lined up for the start at noon on Saturday the Alabama,' the Kear sarge,' the Massachusetts, the Indiana, and the Machlaa. the baby ot the fleet. The last named Is a gunboat only 190 feet long and of 1.000 tons displacement. -The other four are battle-ships. The Massachusetts aad the Indiana are sister vessels, launched In 1S9S, and with the Oregon, not entered In this contest, they mark the. earlier type ot first-class battle ships of the new navy. Th Kearsarg and the Alabama represented later types of sea fighters. Thirty-five miles behind the line of battle ships as they passed the Virginia capes came the protected cruiser Cincinnati. By rea son of her speedier and lighter type this was regarded aa n fair -handicap for the grey hound of the fleet, which, to do her destined do on

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  1. The Inter Ocean,
  2. 22 Nov 1902, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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