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Posted 16th July 2015

Two records smashed 60 years ago on Ullswater

Sixty years ago, on 23 July, 1955, Donald Campbell achieved two historic milestones on Ullswater.

He set a new World Water Speed Record (WWSR) and broke the 200mph barrier on water.

Here began a long record breaking relationship with his jet boat Bluebird K7, the world’s first all metal jet-powered hydroplane, originally powered by a Metropolitan-Vickers Beryl jet engine! 

K7 went on to help Campbell set seven world water-speed records between 1955 and 1964. The very first of which he broke on a summer’s day on Ullswater more than half a century ago, achieving a speed of 202.32 mph (325.60 km/h).

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