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The Humphreys Biplane, aka the Humphreys Waterplane, aka the Wivenhoe Flyer was designed by Jack Humphreys, built by a firm of shipwrights called Forrestt and Co. and launched on the River Colne, which runs past Wivenhoe in Essex. It was tested in 1909, but the efforts to start up the engine caused the machine to rock so much that water entered the coracle-type hull - and the machine, with Humphreys on board, sank. Salvaged, further tests took place, but the craft was never able to exceed 12 knots, and never left the water.
 
 
 
 
 


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