HEROES: Pitkin on Ice

Winter was tightening its screws on the Hudson Valley when the ship Experimenter hastily cleared from Newburgh, N. Y., before the Hudson should become ice-locked. Aboard, with a crew of two, was her owner, Professor Walter B. Pitkin, author (Life Begins at 40), lecturer, a man of many ideas, some of them large.

Largest to date was the Experimenter, a craft in which house carpenters as well as boat builders had collaborated. Her four keels were laid on the principle of a catamaran. On her two lofty basketwork masts, which looked like Eiffel Towers, the resourceful professor planned to...

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