Speed: Hydroplane Racing on the Connecticut River, 1900-1940


Hydroplane racing embodied innovation, speed, and change. The Speed exhibit encapsulates an activity reflective of America during the early 20th century: innovation, economic change, thirst for modernity, and expanding freedoms for women who could participate in male-dominated sports.

Speed: Hydroplane Racing on the Connecticut River, covers the era of speed racing on the Connecticut River during the first forty years of the Twentieth Century, before America's entry into World War II. Technological innovation, hydroplane design and manufacture, and the people involved in racing - sponsors, designers, and racers are showcased.

April 8 to October 10, 2022.

Connecticut River Museum
The Foot of Main
67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426

Jane S Raunikar
860.767.8269, ext 122

From the Community

Boat Launchings

Boat Launchings


PRISCILLA C is a small steam launch based on a Stuart Turner 5 A single cylinder engine of 2 1/4"

Register of Wooden Boats

Register of Wooden Boats


Cadenza was built in 2003 by Rockport Marine from a design by L. Frances Herreshoff.



Kettenburg 43

Absolutely stunning and amazing example of a beautifully built and exceptionally well maintained