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Tin plate toy BLUEBIRD Speedboat

Date: Late 1950s
Overall: 69 x 275 x 83 mm, 0.2 kg
Medium: Tin, paint
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Toy boat
Object No: 00006358
Place Manufactured:England

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    This tin plate toy BLUEBIRD Speedboat was made in England by Sutcliff in the 1950s. The wind up boat features a white deck, red cockpit and blue hull, and has two transfers of the British flag on the cockpit. British speed boat and car driver Donald Campbell broke the world water speed record in 1955 in a BLUEBIRD on Lake Ulllswater England at a speed of 325.60 kph.
    SignificanceThough this toy model bears little resemblance to the two world record breaking boats named BLUEBIRD which Campbell actually drove, this popular culture representation testifies to the high profile Campbell's achievements had in Britain during the 1950s.
    HistoryDonald Campbell CBE (1921-1967) was a British car and motorboat racer who broke eight world speed records in the 1950s and 60s. He remains the only person to set both land and water speed records in the same year (1964). He died trying to extend his record in his second BLUEBIRD at Coniston Water in 1967. His death and his daredevil attempts on water and land speed records made him a hero.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Tin plate toy BLUEBIRD Speedboat

    Primary title: Tin plate model of Donald Campbell's world record speedboat BLUEBIRD

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