Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on May 9, 1936 · Page 16
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Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon · Page 16

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Girl Speedboat Pilot Smashes Records Mystery Ships The ' Her mania Dutch Vessel Found Deserted and Drifting Danger Thrilling To Miss Turnbull, Who Wins Trophies Throughout World By RICHARD W. EMERY NO tea parties for Lorctta Turnbull! If you want to And that charming and refined young lady, you'd better search the engine room of her father's yacht, where chances arc she'll be up to her elbows in engine grease! It wasn't just luck that made pretty Lorctta the world-famed figure she is in marine racing. She has piloted whining speedboats over the water faster than any human b"lng. She has gone into deathly spills at fifty miles an hour, wrecked many a boat and came out only half drowned, and in a grease-spotted jumper she has shaken hands with royalty. But It wasn't luck that brought her the great name she has. It was her courage, her never-failing plucky sportsmanship, her Instant willingness to throw away her chance in a race or risk her life rather than take advantage of another racer's disaster. Back a few years ago, when she was a pert little high school girl in Monrovia, Calif., Loretta foreswore woman's world for the more thrilling life of a speedboat pilot. Her father, Judge Turn-bull, bought her the first boat she ever drove, and she entered it in a twenty-mile open sea race from Catalina Island to Balboa. That first great race ended, for her, when she ran out of gas two miles short of the finish. "And so, of course, " she says, "I couldn't give up racing then. I had to try again." From that disappointing moment she devoted examined her papers. She wns a Dutch vessel and beyond that they learned little. Did her crew desert In panic and board the other vessel? Did the Captain intentionally abandon all valuables? What could have frightened him bo badly and so suddenly? These and similar riddles remained obscure, because no member of the crew, the Captnin or his wife and child were ever traced. No one learned the name of the ship which collided with the 1 1 rr mania, which was strange in Itself. A battered sailing ship coming to port with survivors of a wreck would be noticed. Word would go to families. Lloyd's would make a report. No such Information came no story appeared In the newspapers. Speculation continued for many months. It was as if a phantom ship had carried off the llermanin's crew, and then Itself had AN abandoned ship, a missing crew a mystery never solved. On an April day in 1849, the Hermania drifted 10 miles off the Eddystone lighthouse. She was deserted. Her mainmast was gone, leaving only the stump. Her mizzenmast had smashed. A tremendous blow had struck the vessel's starboard side. It was clear that she had collided with another ship. That much was apparent nothing more was ever discovered. An accommodation ladder hung over her quarter and the only lifeboat she possessed lay in her chocks, uninjured and unused. Whatever the catastrophe was, it had happened recently. The Ilermtniin was boarded by the mackerel boat Fume, of Rye a Ashing vessel commanded by Captain John Hyde. He found a watch still ticking In one of the cabins A lamp burned in the binnacle. The captain's wife and child had been aboard the llermamu, for feminine clothes lay about, and a child's cradle. The ship was in fair condition, in spite of the blow she had sustained. There seemed no cause Captain John Hyde of (lie mackerel boat Fame boarded the Hermann! found a watch still ticking, gold, silver, abandoned in panic. for anxiety, since It was not taking water-would have made port safely. Gold, silver and valuables to the sum of several thousand dollars had ben left as though panic had spread .among the crew. A Plymouth trawler helped to tow tho ller-mania into Sutton Pool, where port authorities Lorctta Turnbull has taken many prizes, smashed records, and taken many a bad spill at 50 miles an hour, showing courage and sportsmanship, refusing to take advantage of mishaps to other speedboats. A hersell to strenuously pursuing one of the most remarkable careers of any modern American woman. She drove boat after boat, faster and faster, taking prizes, smashing records, daring the best men pilots and then, at the end of a race, triumphantly showing them a cloud ot spray. TRUE enough, she took plenty of spills. Once her motor failed at the very start of a great race in San Francisco Bay, a bitter disappointment to her. Once her scudding boat whipped into the air and overturned at 50 miles an hour in Lake Elsinore. She was fished from the water, unconscious. Later in the same day her father refused to permit her to race again and she sat on the shore and cried. She went to Italy and won a trunkload of the . biggest European trophies. One afternoon she was asked to visit the royal bra beside the watercourse, and she strode across a snow-white carpet and was greeted by a princess. Lorctta, lovely lady even in grease-spotted coveralls, won the royal hearts. Recently she was about to leave for Honolulu on her father's yacht. News photogra phers searched the dock and the ship in vain. Finally they located her. She was down in tho engine room, oily but in a seventh heaven. She had undertaken a repair job on an nuxiliary motor. Several times this sworn companion o? the roaring motor and stinging spray has shaken her head at movie bids. She married a year ago and took a holiday from the marine speedways. Now she is coming back, hoping to drive her new boat "SiiHfci.it Kid XI" to a new world's record. "There's no thrill in the world equal to motor boat racing," says this courageous champion. "You drive over the water like the wind, skimming the surface like a flying fish. Everything seems to be going splendidly then something happens. The wrong kind of wave, or the boat twists off it's course a bit and you're upside down, probably knocked out for a minute until the cold water revives you. It can be dangerous, of course. But everything worth doing has Its drawbacks. Racing is fun, first of all and a pilot does learn a lot about engines. A greasy job? What if it is? It's fun to get good and dirty lwTff.llM nrrTt , :v&&k4 tHL Jr'mm ''..ai.i-. MY NERVES AND THEY This girl champion dares the best men pilots, beating them by skillful driving, flinging spray in their faces as race ends. once in a while. I'd certainly rather be topping rough seas than sitting holding a tea cup on my knee, wondering what to say next. Speedboats are anything you please but they're not dull!" IT WOULDN'T seem to bo a usual sport for a pretty girl to take up, but Lorctta Turnbull is of the modern school which believes anything a man can do, a girl cannot only accomplish as well she can do it a lot better. And this young pilot has set about proving it with enthusiasm and skill. ANOTHER CHAMPION ENJOYS CAMELS STEADILY. JACOBY SAYS-"CAMELS GIVE ME A 'LIFT'. THEY DON'T JANGLE AID DIGESTION" smoking camels with meals and after, promotes the natural processes oe Digestion and a sense of well 8ein4. camels are made from finer.. more expensive tobaccos -turkish and domestic than any OTHEft POPULAR 8RAND. 5?RED JACOBY.Jr-.national r goes the warning gun for. class 'c'! &-zry-ir n r kScr VV f what A choppy sea but r H niiTBOAP.0 CHAMPION;" ,rs TMf. TQ GT G0,N& 00 LUCK. FRED. OLD KID.' V . - C-Ji 'V, I GOTTA KEEP HEP. OPEN-TO I aZSln, fl X' , ' mWml CATCH TOEOTHERS J aJSuV LI XA f I FEEL FIT ENOUGH Tol & 0L ' VV THr ALBANY 1STWY j &s$ LICK ANYTHIN&-EVEN . . 3 . QjC J ' I RATHNG POWr4THE P ' .4121 THE OLE HUDSON. , .453 W' XfC ' CRAFTRU0 MILES OF U J7 JVCZ KwOD-BYeTJ ; iJTZ&l.. 1 rtpERlENCEP' N"!-.-s FISHED I II m ' . jGYfA fMAiL 1 BOATS GEE WHAT A MOB OF THEM- f" - , -2. ; SoFTHE''5STARTE J (J V $9,V..rV-. $S"Wil JACOBY WILL HAVE PLENTY OF y ! SV-3' """ Ti v T!i!sJ:" iffl&i!)MPET T0DAY- sssc 'now lets see how hbobitc? 1 4wt JVy Sftjj- .. 1 ' - Y tough LUCKoTiTI I f THIS VIBRATION IS GETTING 1 I j WHAT ATWP-EVERYTHING ) I LgjgS"" ""r' KMhSSoL MYSTOMACH.AND I CAN'T J -Snffi!ffTUS -H Z Srjr ft 2 -' ZsfC IT'LL BE A MIRACLE 4 EVEN TAKE ASMOKE i DO I STAND? vr MsHjg eT'-" V finish ; -y V ' j 9jf5T" - -T "" I rr jrf j S? A V AND THE TIDE'S TURNED I .HITTING IT UP TO OVER 50 MILES PER " rfi '-',p J f v fij AS. YOU GOTTA TRAVEL. I HOUR-AND THE TIDE WITH HIM-FREO JT -g jfcY -t-" IKEPSjtr j" COME ASHOREjVND jj CATCHESAND PASSES HIS LAST PJV-- Tl66 j f'wELi my DiGESTioNisl 1 SZ. Z& JACOBYjr.,. (gAMELS SET YOU RlGHT rfH txM', ,iJSryl. J JV -A HOW CAM YOU STOW I QK. I EAT WHAT I WANT V r VTr v iJ "".1 AWAY SO MUCH U AND I SMOKE CAMELS. Y 7 - jJ-f - '-:r' R.ICH FOOD? MTOEY SET ME RIGHT Lg rA, V IT'S JACOBY V1 -VSI FS fc-VlS YES.SIR, CAMELS HELP TO KEEP DIGESTION GOING RIGHT I SMOKE CAMELS REGULARLY. ..THEY MAKE FOOD TASTE BETTER ...AND HELP ME TO GET Tfl GOOD OUT Of WHAT 1 EAT ( O 0 O Q

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