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As many of you know, Seattle's Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) has long been the home of the Slo-mo-shun IV, unlimited hydoplane racing's "Grand Old Lady". Well, MOHAI is moving from it's long time location at McCurdy Park, near the University of Washington, to the Naval Reserve Armory Building at Lake Union Park.

Slo-mo’s radical “flying” three-point hull design and unmatched speed refined boat racing, and inspired the design of every hydro that followed. After a devastating wreck in Detroit in 1956, Slo-mo was cosmetically restored for display at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) beginning in 1959. In 1990, she left MOHAI for a complete structural and mechanical restoration, by the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum, and was ultimately put through her paces on Lake Washington one last time. Slo-mo returned to MOHAI in 2001.

Below are some photos of the MOHAI staff preparing the Slo-mo-shun IV for her move across town.

(Photos courtesy of the Museum of History & Industry)

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Comment by Phil Lampman on March 2, 2012 at 3:18pm

I've not been to the site they've selected for relocation, but I'm disappointed  to learn the Grand Old Lady, will probably not have to opportunity, however temporary, to sit next to her sister - Slo-Mo V - at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum. Has this legendary duo ever been displayed together?

Be careful, MOHAI crew, you're moving a legend. 

Comment by Hydroplane Museum on March 2, 2012 at 1:03pm

Not a question I can answer - I guess we will just have to wait an see.

Comment by James Michael Dickinson on March 2, 2012 at 11:37am

Where are they going to put the boat on display at the new place? Seems to me the security there is almost non-existent, just curious.

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