Coniston: Donald Campbell


Donald Campbell was the first person to complete an officially timed run with a jet-propelled hydroplane. He completed the run on 23rd July 1955 at Ullswater. Both Donald and his father, Sir Malcolm Campbell, set several water speed world records on Coniston Water. Donald was killed on 4th January 1967 while trying to break his own world water speed record of 267mph. The Bluebird speedboat was recovered from Coniston Water early in 2001 with the remains of Donald finally laid to rest in September the same year. Buried in the new parish cemetery, the grave is marked with a slate stone with the image of a blue bird.