Un-Nessie-sarily blaming a monster for a tragic accident

Read the details carefully before jumping to monstrous conclusions. Since not many have heard of this incident, it is fading away. But the media trots it back out on anniversaries. Just so we don’t forget how important Nessie is to the locals.

On This Day: Water speed legend John Cobb ‘killed by Loch Ness Monster’ – Yahoo News UK.

Racing legend John Cobb died on Loch Ness on this day in 1952 after his 200mph boat hit a ripple that Nessie hunters say was caused by the lake’s reputed monster.

The 52-year-old Englishman’s Crusader vessel disintegrated and sank to the bottom after striking an unexplained wake during his bid to set a new water speed record.

Believers in the Loch Ness Monster claim the alleged creature caused the rogue ripple by moving just beneath the surface of the Scottish lake.

The wake was not caused by his boat. But it was a wave that sent the boat careening and Cobb to his death. It is commonly assumed that one of the other boats caused the wake. But, Loch Ness researcher Tim Dinsdale claimed that particular wave did not behave like a boat wave but could have been created by the monster. Dinsdale later filmed the “monster” in what appears to be a wake without a source.

Is this evidence for a monster? Hardly. There are many other possible explanations for wakes on the lake and in this incident, the margin for catastrophe was increased due to the high rate of speed by the boat. By 1952, the Loch had a reputation and the “curse” of the monster was a convenient story that attracted more attention.

Wake on the Loch near Urquhart Castle

Wake on the Loch near Urquhart Castle

  10 comments for “Un-Nessie-sarily blaming a monster for a tragic accident

  1. spookyparadigm
    October 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Bigfoot killed and ate D. B. Cooper.

  2. October 1, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Amelia Earhart was abucted by Grays.

  3. Kitty Lapin Agile
    October 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    odd waves are common on Loch Ness, my own family found a weird wave without any sign of a boat around. Being boat owners, we understand a wave left by a boat can hang around long after the boat is gone (it bounces off the shore and can travel for quite a bit).

  4. eddi
    October 2, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    Judge Crater was really the Jersey Devil. He was chased out of New York by four kids and their dog.

  5. YetAnoutherBrian
    October 2, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Eddi: The Monster Talk pod cast just featured an interview with a researcher who looked into the history of the Jersey Devil. The real story about the legend is far more interesting, They also did a pod cast about Map Monsters, which was one of the most interesting interviews ever.

    http://www.skeptic.com/podcasts/monstertalk/episodes2013.html

  6. ZombyWoof
    October 2, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    YetAnoutherBrian: Funny, I was just listenening to the Monstertalk podcast yesterday.

  7. Chris Howard
    October 2, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    It’s probably more likely that D. B. Cooper killed and are Bigfoot. ;-)

    Our family had a house in Crail, Scotland, and I would see weird waves (which is a great band name, FYI) in the harbor.

    Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go watch GWAR do a mash up of Billy Oceans “Get Into My Car” & The Who’s “Teenage Wasteland.”

  8. Blargh
    October 4, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    YetAnoutherBrian: thanks for that link! It brightened up a very long bus ride.

  9. neko
    October 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I recall this, sort of. Of course, hight speed boats looking for speed records never flip over without monsters. Ah, that taste of baseless, delusional speculation… ptew…

    But more importantly, did the name Dinsdale immediately make anyone else think “Spiny Norman did it.”?

    No? Just me then.

    Well, carry on. Nothing to see here.

  10. October 15, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    For the true story read http://www.lesliefield.com/personalities/john_cobb_a_reluctant_hero.htm

    The front planing shoe on the boat was already distorted, Cobb didn’t want to cause a delay by getting it repaired and then hit the wake caused by his own support boat Maureen causing the weakened part to fail and the nose dug in.

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