|place:-||Campbell memorial, Coniston|
|site name:-||Coniston Water|
Coniston parish, once in
Campbell memorial, Coniston -- Coniston Water -- Coniston -- Coniston -- Cumbria / -- 28.4.2006
From 1939 the world water speed record was held by Sir
Malcolm Campbell, 141.74 mph, August 1939. In the face of
further attempts, mostly by Americans, his son, Sir Donald
Campbell decided to keep the record for Britain.
He first trialled his father's boat, Bluebird; propellor driver; 2500 hp Rolls Royce areo engine; hydroplane. It became obvious that a new design was needed.
The new Bluebird was jet powered, and its first success was a record of 202.32 mph on Ullswater, 1955. Later in 1955 he reached 216.2 mph on Lake Mead, Nevada, United States. By 1959 he had raised the record to 260.35 mph, then 276.3 mph on Lake Dumbleyung, Autralia, 1964. Several attempts to reach 300 mph were made on Coniston Water 1966-67: then, 4 January 1967, having reached 300 mph he turned for a second run in which the boat somersaulted and was wrecked, perhaps because the water was still unsetteled from the first run. His body was never found.
|Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2008|