Speed Boats, 1930 - 1983
White Lady II - 1930
Miss Windermere - 1958
Trimite - 1983
Chris Applebee - c.1980
Shanida III - 1980
The collection of modern speedboats and hydroplanes is a testament to the breadth of the Windermere historic boat collection. The museum holds six of these boats in the collection dating from 1930 through to the 1980s. All of these vessels were raced on Windermere or achieved world speed records here.
White Lady II
White Lady II was built by the British Power Boat Company during the winter of 1930/31 to the joint design of Hubert Scott-Paine and Fred Cooper. She is a planing boat, intended to ride on the surface of the water rather than through it. These boats are known as ‘hydroplanes’ and White Lady II represents the most sophisticated design of the conventional stepped hydroplanes.
In 1937, whilst racing on Windermere, she sank in 120 feet of water. It was too difficult to salvage her – until 1982, when she was located and recovered by divers and restored to her former condition.
Miss Windermere IV
Miss Windermere IV was built by Borwicks of Windermere and has a mahogany hull. It has had three different Jaguar engines during its life, originally a Jaguar XK120 then changed in 1970 to a Jaguar modified E Type engine. Finally in 1973 a Jaguar Type D engine was put back into the speedboat although sadly she is no longer fitted with it. Miss Windermere was raced by local solicitor and record breaker Norman Buckley and achieved four world records in her class between 1960 and 1971.
Shanida III 1980
Water-based speed attempts are extremely hazardous, for both driver and vessel. Shanida has survived 34 runs on Windermere at over 100 mph, and even, in 1982, a horrifying complete vertical flip on the lake which threw driver Andy Chesman out of the cockpit. She took world and British records in every class she entered, driven by Chesman or by owner-driver Len Moore. In 1981, Chesman snatched Moore’s R1 world record with an average of 109.28 mph, only for Moore to win it back at 110.68mph just twenty minutes later. Moore retired Shanida III in 1990 because she could not be modified to meet new safety regulations.
Trimite – 1983
Named for Trimite Paints, she reached a world record-breaking 144.16 mph on Windermere during the 1983 powerboat record week with Formula 1 champion, Rick Frost. She has the tunnel hull that is typical of F1 racing. This means that the two sponsons run the full length of the vessel, creating a winning combination of high speed with manoeuvrability – and providing greater stability than a 3-point hydroplane.
- White Lady II on the Lake © David Matthews