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wake and soon passed her-a success that, had it been known, might have eased tensions in Vestas afterguard. ... At soon be.fore dawn Christmas morning, after almostfourteen days and three thousand miles ofsailing, the three boats were separated by less than seven hours. None of this was known to the comp etitors, who had not seen each other since soon after the start. Only when a pilot scrambled aboard H enrietta, gawking at the cloud of sail she was carrying despite the small gale, did Bennett and Samuels learn that they were first. At three forty-five on Christmas afternoon she swept by the Needles, having covered three thousand one hundred six miles (only forty miles more than the great circle distance, so good was Samuels' navigation) in a very good thirteen days, twenty-one hours, fiftyfive minutes. H er best days run was a whopping two hundred eighty miles, and her aver-

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age days run of two hundred twenty-three m iles gave her a mean speed ofnine and three tenths knots. W hen Benn err return ed from this adventure, he seemed ready ro ass um e rhe rei ns of power. H e had had a royal audi ence with Queen V icto ria, did much ro repair the strained relatio ns with E ngland after rhe C ivil Wa r, hi s repo rters had employed the new u ansArlantic cable ro transmit instant race results back ho me, and he returned as so mething of an Ameri can hero. T he elder Benn err moved imo rhe backgro und . Father and so n li ved rogerh er o n lower Fifth Aven ue and at their estate at 18 l st Srreet, while the paper earn ed a new fort une fo r rhem every yea r. W hen Bennett Sr. died in 1872, his fe llow jo urnalists gave him rhe highest poss ibl e prai se in rhe o ther New Yo rk papers.

Bennett Jr. at the Reins Benn err's inco me of roughly a million do llars a yea r was co nsidered robe "an inexhaustible suppl y of m oney." Once in hi s Paris aparrmenr he was so annoyed by a large ro ll ofbill s rhar interfered wirh rhe use of hi s pocket rh ar, in a fir, he tossed rh e bundle into rhe fireplace. O ccasion all y he moved through res rauram s pulling off th e tablecloths on bo th sides of the aisle and crunching rhe crockery under his foot. The next day a handso me bill wo uld appear at his offi ce, ro be pro mptly paid. H e laid a check fo r $ 100,000 at the fo ot of his nephew's cradl e. H e made donatio ns of $ 100,000 fre quently ro charities of all so rrs-ro Irish fa min e relief o r ro a "Free Ice Fund " fo r th e tenements in Lower Ma nhattan fo r hot wea ther relief. So fa r as Bennett could make it, the New

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Sea History 089 - Summer 1999  

8 THE CAPE HORN ROAD, XIX. Steamships Take Over the North Atlantic, Driving the Sailing Ship into Increasingly Remote Trades, by Peter Stanf...

Sea History 089 - Summer 1999  

8 THE CAPE HORN ROAD, XIX. Steamships Take Over the North Atlantic, Driving the Sailing Ship into Increasingly Remote Trades, by Peter Stanf...

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