Motorboat Miss England I

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Science Museum
London, United Kingdom

Miss England was built for Henry Segrave in 1929 to challenge the world water speed record and to regain the motorboat championship of the world from the American Gar Wood. Wood's vessel, Miss America VII, had twin aero engines developing 2000 HP, but Miss England, built at the Power Boat Co. in Hythe on the Isle of Wight, used a single Napier Lion engine from one of the Schneider Trophy aircraft, giving 950 HP.

The aim was to use a much lighter structure, relying on contemporary aircraft techniques, and a new, more scientific, hull design. Miss England took the motorboat championship from Miss America VII at Miami in March 1929. It also put in a timed run of 91.91 mph, making it the fastest single-engined boat in the world, but this was just insufficient to beat Gar Wood's absolute speed.

The high-speed planing hulls developed at the Power Boat Co. led to the motor torpedo boats and patrol vessels used by British forces during the Second World War.

Credit: Lord Wakefield
Object no: 1930-800

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