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image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 November 2013
Lloyd's Register of American Yachts of 1917 shows the burgee of the Chicago Motor Boat Club. It is a triangular blue burgee with a red tricross, in the hoist triangle a "C" encircling an "M" with above it a smaller "B and below it a smaller "C", all white.
Searching the Internet gives us as the earliest reference, a picture of "Chicago Motorboat club on Lake Michigan at foot of Washington Street 1905", apparently showing the club's floating clubhouse.
The Chicago Daily News Almanac and Year-Book for 1922 uses that same spacing as it reports on the results of the Chicago Motorboat club's annual regatta of 2 July 1921.
The four word spacing seems to have been official, though. The Web Archive's texts section has the Chicago blue book of selected names of Chicago and suburban towns. In 1905, which would match the photograph, in the Chicago Blue Book the club is not one of the selected names. However, in 1909 it makes its first appearance as: CHICAGO BOAT CLUB Meets ist Mondays at Lincoln Park. ...
By the Chicago Blue Book's final, 1915, edition, the entry had changed to: CHICAGO MOTOR BOAT CLUB - Club House, Lincoln Park Lagoon.
Over the years, newspapers reported the club going on various fleet visits, like in The Milwaukee Sentinel of 24 July 1930 where they visit the port of Menominee. This is also the last year for which I found references to the CMBC; it may be the existence of the club ended shortly afterwards.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 November 2013