Wednesday, August 25, 2010

No Roses Grow On The Speedboaters Grave

I found this crazy boat and had to share it.
Built in 1964 by Sydney friends Andy Ellis and Ray Jones, this little clinker speed boat was powered by an ex World War Two airforce surplus 'Merlin' V16 Rolls Royce engine.
The story goes that the boat was damaged in the summer of 1965 when the boat hit a submerged log at Lake Narrabeen. With the boat too damaged to repair the engine was fitted to a hydroplane boat called "Spitfire" which turned over at speed, sinking to the harbor floor and sadly killing the pilot.

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