Tidal Wave was a first class schooner, 120 feet long, and owned by Commodore William Voorhis of Nyack. The race, New York Yacht Club's Annual Regatta, was held on June 11th in New York harbor on a very windy day with rain squalls. Several yachts could not make the start; one lost her bowsprit and another her masthead.
William Voorhis (c. 1819-1890) was known for his designs of experimental steam catamarans. Always striving to develop faster transportation up and down the Hudson River, his most famous vessel, Henry W. Longfellow, was 200 feet long and designed to hold 475 passengers. Voorhis said to Harper's Weekly, "I'll give them rapid transit, I'll take people down from Nyack to New York--27 miles in one hour, and run away from everything on the river that is driven by steam." Henry W. Longfellow made a trial run, but never established the Nyack-New York route.
CAPTION: Tidal Wave, Courtesy of the New York Yacht Club