Warner’s Safe Cure: Thousand Island River

Warner's Cottage on the St. Lawrence RiverThousand Island River Sheet MusicThousand Island River Sheet Music

Where does the successful patent medicine mogul go to get away from it all. Well, if you were H. H. Warner, you might head to your private island in the St. Lawrence River or cruise the river on your 98 foot steam yacht, the Siesta. On June 16, 1882, the New York Times described Warner’s maritime getaway as follows:

The new steam yacht Siesta appeared in the Bay yesterday, and took a party of gentlemen aboard to witness the regatta of the New-York Yacht Club. She was built of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, R.I., has a burden of 85 tons, is 98 feet long, 17 feet wide, draws 6 feet of water, and is 9 feet deep.

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The Siesta makes 15 miles an hour without crowding, and consumes at that rate 350 pounds of coal. She is owned by Mr. H. H. Warner of Rochester, N.Y., cost $50,000, and is pronounced by Chief Engineer Isherwood, United States Navy, who witnessed her trial trip for the benefit of the Government, to be a remarkably fine boat for speed, ease, and general finish. She is a schooner rigged, has three large state-rooms, water-tight bulkheads, and is in all respects a capital boat. Her headquarters will be Warner’s Island,  St. Lawrence River, whither she proceeds to-day by way of the ocean.

Needless to say, Warner’s taste in yachts left little to be desired. The St. Lawrence River was his playground with his own island. He even commissioned a piece of music called “Thousand Island River,” which featured Warner’s Safe Cure products. Like so many other things, Warner had to convey the image of success. The Siesta was part of that image and was fueled, in large part, by his Safe Cure.

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