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A page from history

A page from history

Small, crumpled and ink-stained, a single loose page from a long-lost photo album captures a significant moment in time for N.S.11 and the airship service, just a month before she was lost.

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N.S.16 at Kingsnorth

N.S.16 at Kingsnorth

From a glass negative comes this new image of the last of the North Sea class airships, N.S.11. British naval airship historian, Brian Turpin has been enormously helpful in that, referring to the slightly obscured image code at the bottom left, he can determine that the photograph was taken at Kingsnorth airship station (where all N.S class airships were constructed) on Tuesday, 21 January 1919. According to the Daily Report the flight was a short one of 15 minutes, described as a mine sweeping experiment in towing, trailing a hemp rope 210 fathoms from the power units. The Captain was R....

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N.S.11 at Eastchurch

N.S.11 at Eastchurch

From Spike Johnson of the Kent History Forum comes this photographs of N.S.11, possibly taken by his grandfather at RAF Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppy, Kent, where he was an RAF Warrant Officer Gunnery Instructor (having started out in the Royal Flying Corps during WWI). On a journey that started from Longside on 16 March 1919, N.S.11 landed at Eastchurch on 18 March 1919, after a flight of 40 hours, 30 minutes. The flight was intended to be a complete circuit of the North Sea but the ship developed trouble with the starboard engine and the attempt had to be terminated. More information and...

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New image of N.S.11

New image of N.S.11

Another eBay win brings a new image of N.S.11 to the collection. Yet to be fully confirmed, this could be of the airship taking off from Pulham Airship Station in...

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N.S. Class over the Firth of Forth

N.S. Class over the Firth of Forth

Another find from the Wonder Book of the Navy is this photograph of an unidentified N.S. Class airship. The airship is flying due east along the Firth of Forth and has just passed over Inchcolm Island.

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N.S.7 and N.S.8

N.S.7 and N.S.8

From the Wonder Book of the Navy of the early 1920s comes this fantastic full-colour plate of N.S.7 and N.S.8 at the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet on 21st November 1918.

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Candlelit Vigil at Memorial

Candlelit Vigil at Memorial

Marking the centenary of the start of WWI, a candlelit vigil was held around the N.S.11 memorial in the grounds of the Earlestown Viaduct Sports & Social Club, Lancashire.

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N.S.7 at surrender of German Fleet

N.S.7 at surrender of German Fleet

Kindly provided by John Wisdom at two new images of N.S.7 at the surrender of the German Fleet at Rosyth on or around 21 November 1918. N.S.7 was accompanied by N.S.8. The battleship at the head of the column is SMS König Albert – scuttled at Scapa Flow on 21 June 1919. The ship was raised by the British 1935 and was broken up for scrap in 1936. This class of battleship has asymmetrical gun turrets midships – a vital clue to show the correct way these images should be flipped.

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“With the Eyes of the Navy” now online

“With the Eyes of the Navy” now online

The Imperial War Museum has made the 1918 film “With the Eyes of the Navy” available online. Featuring NS7 and NS8 on patrol the film brings to life what life would have been like aboard a North Sea class airship. To view the film visit… IWM

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