Exclusions

Exclusions

  1. No further analysis of the Crusader 1 accident or the reasons for it will be made although it is assumed that the subject will be covered to some extent in the proposed documentary.  Specifically, it is not the intention to imply responsibility or to apportion blame. The designers were operating at the forefront of a new technology with associated increases in stresses and forces.  After close inspection of wear on the front planing shoe, Du Cane offered to take the boat back to Vospers for modification. Railton had designed an aluminium structure to fit into the front of the boat (a boat within a boat) and had plans for it drawn up by Reg Beauchamp at T&T Brooklands.  This was not fitted as part of the original build. Cobb took a calculated decision to decline Du Cane’s offer, reasoning that he could drive within certain limits (which were exceeded by a considerable margin) in order to minimise the stresses in this area. This is almost certain to have been inadvertent rather than deliberate on Cobb’s part.
  2. No attempt will be made to begin a campaign to recover what is left of the boat. Some small sections were recovered after the accident but since the structure was wood, most of what remained on the Loch bed has now gone. The battered remains of the Ghost engine are still there, having been discovered by one of the various teams searching for any evidence to support the Loch Ness Monster claims. An earlier chance discovery of a Wellington bomber in shallower water (an aluminium structure) resulted in the recovery of the wreck which is now on display at the Brooklands Museum.