Bill Hamilton (engineer), (Born July 26, 1899 - lived upto March 30, 1978), commonly known as Sir Charles William Feilden Hamilton, was a New Zealander who developed the modern jetboat. He was born at Ashwick Station near Fairlie (South Island, New Zealand).


Hamilton never claimed to have invented the jet boat. The honour belongs to a gentleman named Archimedes, who lived some years ago. What he did was to refine his design enough to produce the first useful modern jet boat.

He investigated the American Hanley Hydro-Jet, a model which drew in water and fired it out through a steerable nozzle, for his further experiments.

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