Frank Drake letter 1950. Captain Frank Drake corresponded frequently with Ray Ruge in the 1940s and 1950s. Many of these letters are in the Ruge collection at the Hudson River Maritime Museum.
Here (writing in 1950), Captain Drake outlines his recollection of the last Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant Race of America in 1922. (last of the stern steering big boat races).
Drake's letters are a treasured glimpse into the ice sailing life of an old timer river boat captain.
(best to you navigating the wonderful handwriting of the day!)