On this day: September 29

John Cobb steps out of Crusader after trial run - Loch Ness

John Cobb steps out of Crusader after trial run - Loch Ness

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1952

John Cobb in speed boat Crusader passes Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness in September 1952.

John Cobb in speed boat Crusader passes Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness in September 1952.

John Cobb attempted to break the world water-speed record on Loch Ness, which ended in tragedy after his boat crashed.

During the race, Cobb became the first person to break the 200 miles per hour barrier, but was killed shortly after.

Some believers of the Loch Ness Monster claimed the crash was caused by Nessie being woken.

Nearby, there now stands a memorial to him.

John Cobb watches his speedboat Crusader being lifted from Loch Ness in September 1952. Cobb died the next day while attempting (and briefly accomplishing) the world water speed record.

John Cobb watches his speedboat Crusader being lifted from Loch Ness in September 1952. Cobb died the next day while attempting (and briefly accomplishing) the world water speed record.

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