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Bill Hamilton, designer of the jet boat

Bill Hamilton, designer of the jet boat

Raised on a South Island high-country farm, Bill Hamilton was encouraged from an early age to take an independent and innovative approach to solving problems. During the Second World War he established an engineering workshop that produced construction machinery using his own hydraulics design. In the 1950s, developing the established water-jet principle, Hamilton designed a jet unit that would propel boats in rivers too shallow for conventional propeller-driven craft. His highly successful invention was marketed worldwide.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Creative life - Design and fashion', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

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