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TITLE
John Cobb in 'Crusader'
EXTERNAL ID
PAW18346_G_II
PLACENAME
Loch Ness
DISTRICT
Aird
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston
DATE OF IMAGE
1952
PERIOD
1950s
CREATOR
David Whyte Studio
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
20998
KEYWORDS
boats
John Cobb
Crusader
lochs
Glenurquhart
world records
water speed records
speed boats
John Cobb in 'Crusader'

In September 1952, John Cobb, the holder of the world landspeed record, took his red and silver speedboat 'Crusader' to Loch Ness in an attempt to be the first person to simultaneously hold the land and water speed records.

The record attempt was made on the 29 September 1952. 'Crusader' completed the first mile at a speed of over 200mph but as she decelerated she bounced twice and broke apart. John Cobb's body was recovered almost immediately but he died before reaching the shore.

A memorial cairn was erected in his memory by the people of Glenurquhart and stands by the A82, three-and-a-half miles south of Drumnadrochit


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John Cobb in 'Crusader'

INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston

1950s

boats; John Cobb; Crusader; lochs; Glenurquhart; world records; water speed records; speed boats

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

David Whyte Collection, Highland Photographic Archive

In September 1952, John Cobb, the holder of the world landspeed record, took his red and silver speedboat 'Crusader' to Loch Ness in an attempt to be the first person to simultaneously hold the land and water speed records.<br /> <br /> The record attempt was made on the 29 September 1952. 'Crusader' completed the first mile at a speed of over 200mph but as she decelerated she bounced twice and broke apart. John Cobb's body was recovered almost immediately but he died before reaching the shore.<br /> <br /> A memorial cairn was erected in his memory by the people of Glenurquhart and stands by the A82, three-and-a-half miles south of Drumnadrochit <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.