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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Coaching to Pelham: The Tantivy Has an Accident on its Way to Pelham in 1886

I have written much about the sport of coaching and the many coaches that ran to Pelham during the 1870s and 1880s. I also have written previously about road coaches to Pelham other than Col. Delancey Kane's "Tally-Ho". See, e.g.:

Thursday, June 9, 2005: Coaching to Pelham: Colonel Delancey Astor Kane Did Not Operate the Only Coach to Pelham.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005: Taunting the Tantivy Coach on its Way to Pelham: 1886.

It turns out that the Tantivy suffered more than taunts in 1886. On May 28, 1886 it suffered an accident on its way to Pelham. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Below is an account of the incident.


The Tantivy coach met with an accident yesterday on its trip to Pelham. Starting from the Brunswick at 11 o'clock the ride through Central Park and along the Boulevards was made without incident. Frederic Bronson was driving and with him on the box seat was Mrs. Bronson. The rest of the party included Sire Bache Cunard, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Roosevelt, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Roosevelt, Miss Kate Bulkley and Reginald W. Rives. Just before the bridge which crosses the Harlem River at Third-ave. was reached the heavy coach began to tilt heavily to one side and immediately a wheel was seen to fly off, letting off the passengers in sudden haste. The two guards rushed to the horses' heads and prevented them from starting to run. The passengers were helped up, but none was injured. Mr. Bronson telegraphed to the Brunswick to have a new coach sent to him, and after a delay of two hours the party was able to proceed to Pelham. The return trip was made in safety and the company were set down at the Hotel Brunswick only a few minutes late and none the worse for their mishap."

Source: A Wheel Flies Off the Tantivy, New-York Tribune, May 29, 1886, p. 4, col. 5.

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