'Mis England', racing motor boat, 1929.
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Mis England was built for Henry Segrave (1896-1930) by the British Power Boat Company (BPBC) of Hythe, Isle of Wight. BPBC used a single Napier Lion engine and employed aircraft techniques to give the boat a more scientific hull with a much lighter structure. In Mis England, Segrave regained the Motor Boat Championship of the World from Gar Wood at Miami in March 1929. Segrave also put in a time of 91.91 mph, making Mis England the fastest single-engined boat in the world, but falling short of Wood's absolute speed record.