John Cobb Memorial Cairn


John Cobb Memorial Cairn

John Cobb lost his life attempting to break the world speed record on Loch Ness.

He died on 29 September 1952, travelling at 206 mph in an attempt to gain the world’s water speed record at Loch Ness in the jet speedboat Crusader.

John Rhodes Cobb (December 2, 1899 – September 29, 1952) born and lived in Esher, Surrey, near the Brooklands race track. He broke the land speed record on August 23, 1939, achieving a mark of 367.91 mph (592.09 km/h), beating it again in 1947 setting the new record at 394.19 mph (634.39 km/h).

The Cobb Monument commemorates his attempt in 1952, to break the world water speed record at Loch Ness reaching a speed in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h). There is a memorial to him erected by the people of Glenurquhart. He is buried at his home town of Christ Church, Esher in Surrey.

The bronze plaque by George Bain reads : ‘On the waters of Loch Ness John Cobb, having travelled 206 m.p.h. in an attempt to gain the world’s water speed record, lost his life in this bay, Sept. 29th, 1952. This memorial is erected as a tribute to the memory of a gallant gentleman by the people of Glen Urquhart. Urram do’n treun Agus do’n iriosal.’ (Honour to the valiant and to the humble)

Park in the lay-by, beside cairn. Situated beside A82 and Loch Ness, 3.5 miles south of Drumnadroicht.

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