April 11, 1955
April 11, 1955

Table of Contents
April 11, 1955

Events & Discoveries
  • A tarpon fisherman finds a wild world all his own on the lonely and pellucid sea west of Florida's Keys

Red Smith
The Wonderful World Of Sports
  • By William F. Talbert

    The pros try a new scoring plan

  • The pitching got better after the Boston Braves and Brooklyn Robins passed the tough 17th inning of the longest game in all baseball history

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back
  • A salute to some who have earned the good opinion of the world of sport, if not yet its tallest headlines


The subtropical maze of Florida's Everglades (left) and the chill-steeped waters of Washington's Sammamish River 4,000 miles away (right) have one thing in common: both waterways offer narrow winding courses over shallow streams strewn with obstacles. To run over the trees, marshes, stumps and occasional alligators found in the Everglades, special shallow-draught cruisers, known as air boats, have been created. Air boats, driven by large wooden propellers on the stern, can skim along at 70 mph.

This is an article from the April 11, 1955 issue Original Layout

The Sammamish River, near Seattle, is only 13 miles long but it offers northwestern sailors a fine opportunity to test their navigating skill. Every March those who complete the trip from mouth to headwaters of "The Slough" are eligible to join the Bar Pilots Association. The tricky Sammamish is made more difficult by floating timbers and debris which may foul a propeller, stove in a hull. To make things a little more exciting Bar Pilots toss in a few logs of their own. Successful navigators are sworn in on a bent propeller, down a drink of Slough water to seal the rites.

Sammamish River, near Seattle, is choked with boats as would-be navigators hold muster before starting trip upstream.

Derbied Navigator Peggy Batie, a Seattle housewife, heads her canopied runabout up the Sammamish. Canopied boat was dubbed African Queen by other pilots. Peggy's husband Bob went along as a passenger, had to help push the boat off sand bar.