VIDEO Rocket, a late 19th century glider missile flying over ice

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Ice sailing is certainly not a fad of recent years. As early as the late 1800s in the northern United States, where winters were harsh and rivers froze, people used to make boats built to glide on ice propelled by sails to move from one side of rivers to the other. And now, these ancient jewels are coming to life again.

A MISSILE FROM THE LATE 19TH CENTURY
When winter is cold enough to freeze part of the Hudson River, the folks at the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club jump for joy. They can finally use their “Rocket,” a spectacular 50-foot ice boat they spent 10 years restoring .

Entirely made of solid wood and equipped with a classic sail rig, the “Rocket” made her last sail on ice in 1920 before being abandoned in a barn. It took all the patience in the world to restore it to its former glory, but it was worth it. Check out what a missile this beast came straight from the 19th century!

LOOK AT THAT “ROCKET” SHOW IN NAVIGATION


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