Story: South Canterbury region

Jet boating

Jet boating

In 1954 Bill Hamilton invented a water-jet propulsion system that enabled small boats to travel shallow waters. The system proved popular and the jets are now produced under licence around the world. This early jet boat is being tested on a South Canterbury river.

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Hamilton Jet

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Mackenzie Country', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2016)

Full story by John Wilson, published 28 Feb 2007, updated 12 May 2015