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Offline Jackie Paper

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Hydroplane Racing on the Medway
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2014, 11:00:05 »
Hi there, first post from me.

Intrigued by this picture of small racing hydroplanes opposite Rochester castle. I'd imagined it to be from the '50s, but I'm told the presence of the buildings on the esplanade (Watts' Baths?) means it must be '30s or earlier.

Building plywood hydroplanes from plans (in Practical Mechanics magazine and similar) was apparently popular in the USA, but less so here. Outboard motors (Seagull) were available from the '20s, but not as common as they are today.

Does anyone have other photos or accounts of this kind of racing or any info on this picture?

[Apologies for lack of credit for photo, especially if it's someone on this forum, but I can't locate the source of the pic. Any info appreciated.]   


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