Thumbnail of Slo-Mo-Shun V (2) (3866 bytes) Slo-mo-shun V U-37 [1951-55]

"Slo-mo-shun V, now Miss Seattle, was built by Jensen Boat Works of Seattle in 1951. Designed by Ted Jones, the mahogany craft is 28 feet long with a 12-foot beam and weighs 4,850 pounds. She is powered by a Rolls Merlin engine. Her first competition was the 1951 Gold Cup Race which she won. She won it again in 1954. In a qualifying run for the 1955 Gold Cup, she turned a complete backward flip and landed right side up, suffering considerable damage. Owner Stanley Sayres sold her to a Seattle corporation, Roostertails, Inc., and she was repaired to race again." (

(Reprinted from This is Hydroplaning by Paul Lowney [1959])

Thumbnail of Slo-Mo-Shun V (1) (6574 bytes) Two frames from a kinescope of the flip during qualifying for the 1955 Gold Cup. Driver Lou Fageol survived but quit racing as a result of this accident.
Thumbnail of Miss Seattle (4750 bytes) Miss Seattle (I) U-37 [1956-62]

"As Slo-mo-shun V, the Stanley Sayres-owned boat turned a complete backward flip in a 1955 Gold Cup qualifying run and later was sold to Roostertails, Inc., a Seattle corporation. She was designed by Ted Jones and built by Jensen Boat Works of Seattle in 1951. She measures 28 feet with a 12-foot beam, weighs 4,850 pounds and is powered by a Rolls Merlin engine. Her colors are mahogany with red and yellow trim and a checkerboard tail fin and she races out of the Seattle Yacht Club. Her retirement was announced at the end of the 1958 season, but should a sponsor turn up for her she again will be a competitor."

(Reprinted from This is Hydroplaning by Paul Lowney [1959])

[Material for the following incarnations of this boat will be added as time allows.]

Fascination I (II) [1965]

Berryessa Belle U-37 [1965]

Miss Tri-Cities (II) U-37 [1966]


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