Speed Boat May Cross Atlantic in 30 Hours (Feb, 1930)
Speed Boat May Cross Atlantic in 30 Hours
MESSIEURS Moyne and Clement, French inventors, have devised a remarkable new type of speed boat with circular fins that they expect will propel their new submarine shaped craft across the Atlantic ocean in 30 hours. The model of the craft is being put through tests. There are stabilizing fins at the bow and stern. The principle of operation included two helices rotating in opposite directions to counteract torque. The surfaces of the craft that offer friction are designed to do useful work, the helices minimizing the skin friction present in the ordinary boat hull. The inventors of the new boat which they have dubbed “Venus” anticipate that the full sized craft will accommodate 125 passengers as well as the crew. There will be comfortable cabin space for the passengers in the low riding boat which the inventors expect to skim the surface of the ocean expediting passenger, mail and express transport of the seven seas. If perfected, this invention would be one of the greatest achievements in the realm of transportation. The inventors visualize many of these strange appearing craft speeding across the ocean cutting the tops of waves and flashing by the present-day fast liners on their missions of commerce.