Speedboat: 'Miss England I', used by Segrave to contest World Water Speed Records, with various components

Made:
1929
maker:
British Power Boat Company
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Whole object, motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Detail of motor boat Miss England I (1929)
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Motor boat "Miss England I". From a colour transparency in the Science Museum Photographic Archive.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Motor boat "Miss England I". From a colour transparency in the Science Museum Photographic Archive.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Speedboat: 'Miss England I', designed by Hubert Scott-Paine and build by the British Power Boat Company, Hythe, Hampshire, England, 1929

Miss England was built for Henry Segrave in 1929 to challenge the world water speed record and to regain the Motor Boat Championship of the World from the American Gar Wood.

Gar Wood’s vessel, Miss America VII had twin aero engines developing 2000 horsepower but Miss England, built at the Power Boat Company, in Hythe on the Isle of Wight, used a single Napier Lion engine from one of the Schneider Trophy aircraft giving 950 horsepower.

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 Motor Boat Championship from Gar Wood’s Miss America VII at Miami in March 1929. She also put in a timed run of 91.91 mph, making her 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 Company led, during the Second World War, to the motor torpedo boats and patrol vessels used by British forces.

Details

Category:
Marine Engines
Object Number:
1930-800
type:
boat
credit:
Lord Wakefield