Francis IV (1922)
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The yacht Francis IV left Horseshoe Bay August 6, 1927, heading north. When about 4 miles out, she apparently exploded and sank in about 40' of water within two hours of blowing a distress signal. Either faulty ventilation in the bilge or an engine backfire were possible causes of the explosion which killed the owner's wife and so seriously injured the captain and steward that they drowned. The owner and his 9-year-old daughter survived until rescued by the yacht Margo. Little wreckage was recovered--only part of the yacht's mahogany staircase was retrieved by the coastguard.
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The 65 foot express cruiser Frances IV, of the Chicago Yacht Club, was the first to finish in the first Chicago-to-Sturgeon Bay power boat race.
 
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