The Casey Jones

Belle L Puts Thrills in Regatta Crowds–Wins Coast Championship: David Edmund “Ed” Morris in the Biloxi Regatta 1917

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Daily Herald, July 6, 1917

Belle L Puts Thrills in Regatta Crowds–Wins Coast Championship

J.M. Lopez’s Speed Wonder and Casey Jones, Owned by Ed Morris of Gulfport In Thrilling Contest–Casey Jones Disabled–Regatta Is Brought To a Close


The Belle L, Julius Lopez’s speed-boat, won the concluding race of the eighteenth annual regatta at Biloxi yesterday afternoon, defeating the Casey Jones, which is owned by Ed Morris, of Gulfport, and of which Morris was skipper. The Casey Jones broke down in the first lap, leaving the field to the Belle L, history in this case reversing itself, as last year the Belle L was disabled and the Casey Jones won the race.

Leo Ohr and Fred Moran, skippers on the Belle L, put more speed into the Belle L than has ever been seen before in local waters, the speed wonder of the Biloxi man fairly leaping over the waves and making a distance of eighteen miles in thirty minutes and twenty-eight seconds. The Casey Jones has a speed of about thirty-five miles an hour. The Belle L’s speed is at its maximum about forty-five miles an hour.

The speedboat race was for five laps on the inside course of fifteen miles with an additional three miles for turning and the Belle L gets a $50 prize. The race was one of the most interesting ever seen at any Biloxi regatta.


The race was finished by only one speedboat, after her competitor had become disabled before he made the first stakeboat, thrilled those on shore. Mr. Morris broke his rudder and was forced to withdraw, leaving Mr. Lopez to make the run of fifteen miles around the inside course in thirty minutes and twenty-eight seconds allowing the Bell L three miles for turning, he ran his speed marvel at a rate of thirty-six mile an hour without forcing her to the limit. This is the first time since this boat was built that she was enabled to make the entire course without the slightest mishap, for which those watching her were well satisfied with the running qualities.

Rain fell at the start of the second day’s races of the eighteenth annual regatta, given under the auspices of the Biloxi Yacht Club, and with a breeze of fifteen knots, the three big schooners, Henry M, Willie Ewing and Wonder got away in one of the prettiest starts that has been seen in a sailing race in years and furnishing a thrilling sight for the crowds. These boats sailed the course on the first round in just a little over an hour with the Wonder and Henry M coming to the home stakeboat with just two seconsds difference between the two boats. The Willie Ewing which had become outdistanced, finished the race to demonstrate that her skippers were game even if they did not have a chance of winning.

The second round favored the Wonder considerably and after gaining a headway, which the Henry M failed to overcome, she finished with a credit of eight minutes, winning the special prize of $50 offered by the regatta committee to the winner between the three boats. The schooner race was considerably more interesting than that of the first day and as a result of the rivalry which now exists between the Wonder and the Henry M. Officers of the yacht club are arranging a special prize to be offered for a match race between them on Sunday. The Wonder was built by Henry Brasher, of this city and is claimed to be the fastes schooner in these waters by her decisive defeat of the Henry M a boat which has won numerous races in this and other cities.

The Willie Ewing is owned by W.K.M. Dukate and Guy Green was skipper. Henry M is owned by Martain, Sr., and Martain Fountain, Jr., is skipper. Wonder is owned by Devitt & Clark and F. Tiblier was skipper.

The race of cabin cruisers, one lap on the outside course, was an interesting sight, being won by the Firefly, owned and operated by Capt J.M. Rodgers, of Mobile, Capt Rodgers award is a trophy cup. The boats contesting with the Firefly were Cleo… (continued on Third Page)


This article was transcribed by Ed Morris’s great grandaughter, Tenderly Rose.

Unfortunately at this time, I have been unable to locate the continuation of this article, but, I’ll keep looking! 


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