Good luck, little ship

Here’s a photo from the August 29 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, featuring a challenger for the Harmsworth Cup, a boat competition between nations:


Canada still considered itself a British nation in 1933, at least according to this article: all Canada was expected to be rooting for Hubert Scott-Paine, an Irish-Englishman, and his boat Miss Britain III.

Unfortunately, the little ship lost to Garfield Wood‘s Miss America X. This probably should not have been surprising, as Wood had won the previous eight contests, held in 1920, 1921, 1926, 1928, and 1929 through 1932. In these wins, he piloted Miss Americas I, II, V, VII, and VIII as well as X.

At this point, I guess everybody lost interest – the competition was not resumed again until 1949. (Of course, the war would have gotten in the way.)

Hubert Scott-Paine (1891-1954) didn’t win the Cup with Miss Britain III, but he did set a record speed for a single-engined boat in 1934 with her, reaching 110.1 mph. (Miss Britain III is now housed at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.) Scott-Paine later went on to found a company that built, among other things, the PT boat that John F. Kennedy sailed in during World War II. He became an American citizen in 1948.

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