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Historic wreck of Crusader found

The Crusader as seen by the KONGSBERG multibeam echosounder

Historic wreck of Crusader found

by Steve Holter.

It was during research for my up coming book “Quiet Giants”, the full story of Crusader that the model we now refer to as Crusader 2 came to light.

Fascinated as I am that we are going to see Reid Railton’s thinking of 67 years ago, put to the test, I am obviously still looking at Crusader K6, and her history, and it was in March this year, Crusader came forward to speak to me from the past.

It was many years ago I first supplied Adrian Shine of the Loch Ness Project with copies of the original accident investigation to aid in his search for the crash site, locating merely shards of aluminium, which only contradicted my analysis of what had happened, until now.

I am indebted to Craig Wallace of Kongsberg Maritime, who took the time to seek me out and include me in the project, and was selfless as we shared data that finally found Crusader.

The discovery is brutal reminder, that sometimes to move forward we have to look back.

Craig’s story can be read here:

https://www.kongsberg.com/maritime/about-us/news-and-media/our-stories/new-loch-ness-survey-for-national-geographic-series–drain-the-oceans-finds-the-historic-wreck-of–crusader—–the-jet-boat-designed-to-break-the-world-water-speed-record-in-1952/

Quiet Giants

“Quiet Giants; Reid Railton, John Cobb, And Their Crusade For The World’s Water Speed Record”, is due for publication early in 2020.