Water Speed Records
Many thanks to Parker Jones for letting us re-print his research here!
Prop-Driven Water Speed Records
Mile Distance Records:
Speed Date Boat Driver Location Notes
74.870 15Sep20 MISS AMERICA, Gar Wood Detroit River, MI USA
80.567 6Sep21 MISS AMERICA II, George Wood Detroit River, MI USA
87.392 10Nov24 FARMAN HYDROGLIDER, Jules Fisher Sartrouville, FR 1
92.838 4Sep28 MISS AMERICA VII, George Wood Detroit River, MI USA
93.123 23Mar29 MISS AMERICA VII, Gar Wood Miami Beach, FL UK
98.760 13Jun30 MISS ENGLAND II, Henry Segrave(*)Lake Windermere, UK
102.256 20Mar31 MISS AMERICA IX, Gar Wood Miami Beach, FL USA
103.490 2Apr31 MISS ENGLAND II, Kaye Don Tigre, ARG
110.223 9Jul31 MISS ENGLAND II, Kaye Don Lake Garda, ITA
111.712 5Feb32 MISS AMERICA IX, Gar Wood Miami Beach, FL USA
119.810 18Jul32 MISS ENGLAND III, K1, Kaye Don Loch Lomond, Scotland UK
124.860 20Sep32 MISS AMERICA X, Gar Wood Algonac, MI USA
St. Clair River
126.320 1Sep37 BLUEBIRD K3, Malcolm Campbell* Lake Maggiore, Locarno, SWZ
129.500 2Sep37 BLUEBIRD K3, Malcolm Campbell* Lake Maggiore, Lorcano, SWZ
130.910 17Aug38 BLUEBIRD K3, Malcolm Campbell Hallwiler See, SWZ
141.740 19Aug39 BLUEBIRD K4, Malcolm Campbell Coniston Water, England UK
160.323 26Jun50 SLO-MO-SHUN IV, Stanley Sayres Lake Washington, WA USA
(m) Ted O. Jones Sand Point
178.497 7Jul52 SLO-MO-SHUN IV, Stanley Sayres Lake Washington, WA USA 2
(m) Elmer Leninschmidt East Channel
184.494 1Nov57 MISS SUPERTEST II, Art Asbury Bay of Quinte, ON CDA 3
187.627 30Nov57 HAWAII KAI III, Jack Regas Lake Washington, WA USA 4
192.001 16Feb60 MISS THRIFTWAY, (3) Bill Muncey Lake Washington, WA USA 5
200.419 17Apr62 MISS U.S.I, (2) Roy Duby Lake Guntersville, AL USA
205.494 15Jun00 MISS FREEI, Russ Wicks Lake Washington, WA USA 5
(2)(3) Denotes Hull Number of a similarily named watercraft
(m)- Denotes name of riding mechanic
1 - Used airplane propellor as means of propulsion
(*)- Held Worlds Land Speed Record, died from injuries suffered sameday in
followup run to Water Speed Record when bottom of Miss England II came
apart after striking debris. Mechanic, W. Hallwell, also died from
drowning this Friday.
* - Also held the World's Land Speed Record from 1931 thru 1937.
2 - The last immersed propeller craft to hold the absolute WSR.
3 - Asbury broke his neck from wind buffeting and never drove again.
4 - Note that this is one day after their kilometer record.
5 - Did not do a run over a measured kilometer course (mile only)
Kilometer Distance Records: (in MPH)
Speed Date Boat Driver Site
195.329 29Nov57 HAWAII KAI III, Jack Regas Lake Washington, WA, USA +
198.168 17Apr62 MISS U.S. I, (2) Roy Duby Lake Guntersville, AL, USA
220.493 13Mar04 MISS BUDWEISER Dave Villwock Oroville, CA, USA
+ - 200.442 mph achieved in one direction
Jet-Powered Water Speed Records
Speed Date Boat Driver Site Notes
202.32 23Jul55 BLUEBIRD K7, Donald Campbell Ullswater UK 1
216.20 16Nov55 BLUEBIRD K7, Donald Campbell Lake Mead, NV USA
225.63 19Sep56 BLUEBIRD K7, Donald Campbell Coniston Water UK
239.07 7Nov57 BLUEBIRD K7, Donald Campbell Coniston Water UK
248.62 10Nov58 BLUEBIRD K7, Donald Campbell Coniston Water UK
260.33 14May59 BLUEBIRD K7, Donald Campbell Coniston Water UK
276.30 31Dec64 BLUEBIRD K7, Donald Campbell Lake Dumbleyung, WA AUS 2
285.213 30Jun67 HUSTLER, Lee A. Taylor, Jr. Lake Guntersville, AL USA
288.60 20Nov77 SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA, Ken Warby Blowering Dam, NSW AUS 3
317.60 8Oct78 SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA, Ken Warby Blowering Dam, NSW AUS 4
---- Ken Warby's web pages
1. Ullswater and Coniston Water are located in the English Lakes District.
2. Also set the Land Speed Record the same year, with a 4-wheel driven,
shaft-turbine powered vehicle, at an average speed of 403.10mph, on the
dry salt lake bed of Lake Eyre, SA, Australia. This is still a record
for shaft-driven turbine powered vehicles.
3. Actual clocking 464.45 km/hr over one kilometer trap. 9 mile course.
This reservoir is near the town of Tumut.
4. Actual clocking 511.11 km/hr over one kilometer trap. 9 mile course.
Best one-way clocking 529.412 km/hr (328.97 mph). Claimed exit speed
345 mph. Warby had been living in the USA since about 1987, in the
Minneapolis area, building a new boat. He's now back in Australia
with it and plans a new record attempt, possibly in 2004 or 2005.
He has been looking at other Australian sites in addition to