Sport: Boats

On a ferry pier in Manhattan a crowd of commuters waiting for the boat that would take them to Staten Island saw a line of small boats come round the curve of the harbor. They were racing, each boat a dark point capping a triangle of spray; the commuters looked on with interest. Suddenly one boat choked, caught fire; the men on board could be seen working wildly, throwing something on the burning engine. The other boats swept on, then in a feather of foam one swerved, capsized; a coast guard cutter raced out to pick up the men in the...

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