Monday, October 24, 2016

Aerial photography, 1924

Lt Col D J Goodspeed, The Armed Forces of Canada 1867-1967, Queens Printer Ottawa 1967
The crew of the Vickers Viking takes a moment to pose for the camera. In 1924 the Canadian Air Force photographed and surveyed water routes in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The Lagonda Programme, 1938

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Kingston Carburetor


Old truck, new job....

 Seasonal retail position, selling pumpkins. It's a job...

Sidecar Sunday

Friday, October 21, 2016

Racing yacht Dixie II, 1906

Around the turn of the last century the internal combustion engine was making big and affordable power (compared to the alternatives) and people were using this new development to break speed records on land and in water. When Ed Schroeder, commodore of the Motor Boat Club of America was looking for a new engine for his racing yacht in 1906 he went to engine builder H. M. Crane, who although used to building engine of less than 50 hp, came up with this advanced design in a 90 degree V8 format. The engine was a pushrod 3 valve ( two exhaust valves) configuration with hemispherical combustion chambers. With its 2477 cu in displacement it produced 200 hp at 900 rpm while weighing less than 10 lb per hp. 
The boat this motor was fitted to was the mahogany sheathed Dixie II which went on to record speeds of over 37 mph and in the next two years won virtually every race she entered. Contrasting with the revolutionary engine, the hull was a refinement of existing form, with a length of 39 feet and a waterline beam of only 4 feet 8 inches. Boats of this configuration were known to capsize to due to engine torque.

Hood ornament

1919 Schneider Cup Sopwith entrant

Powered by a 450 hp Cosmos Jupiter radial providing a top speed of 170mph. The pilot was Harry Hawker, a name that might seem familiar to some.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


How could anyone not love a Morgan...?

Our 1919 Schneider Cup entrant

Foiled by heavy fog conditions, the 1919 Schneider Cup race held at Bournemouth was a bust. Four aircraft made it to the starting line, three gave up after a lap including the Supermarine Sea Lion 1 above. The remaining plane, the Italian entry, was determined to have missed one marker buoy and so was disqualified. 
 The pilot of the Sea Lion, Basil D. Hobbs, was a Canadian who had flown seaplanes during the war during which time he sank two German submarines and also shot down a Zeppelin. In the latter event, after downing the Zeppelin, he had been attacked by German fighters which damaged the aircraft enough that he had to land in the sea. He then taxied across the channel to get back to England. 
After the war he returned to Canada and took part in various flight-related ventures in the newly formed Canadian Air Force including being part of the first trans-Canadian flight and later being an integral part of the aerial photographic and surveying program. 
  Seems like quite a guy, how come I never heard of him before?