Mr. Donald Campbell, in his jet-engined boat Bluebird, today raised his own world water speed?
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Background: Mr. Donald Campbell, in his jet-engined boat Bluebird, today raised his own world water speed record of 225.63 m.p.h. to 239.07 m.p.h. on Coniston Water in the Lake District.
Bluebird has now achieved the limit of speed it was designed safely to do. Because of this Campbell and his team of designers and engineers will spend the coming winter considering a new design for a faster craft. The boat in its present form was intended for a maximum of 250 m.p.h. and will not reach 300 m.p.h. with safety.
The sun was shining as Bluebird roared away from the boathouse jetty at 10.4 a.m. today. Six minutes later she was back at her moorings at the jetty. In that time it had covered 10 miles, racing outward over the measured kilometre in 8.6 secs, at 260.1. mph. Without refuelling it returned over the course in 10.26 secs, at 218.024 m.p.h. giving a mean for the record of 239.07 m.p.h.
As he drew into the jetty, Mr. Campbell, who is 36, said, "I have had a real pasting". He was interviewed by our reporter immediately after his successful record bid.