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Launch party of HMS Ghurka

Launch party of HMS Ghurka, launched at the Hebburn shipyard of Hawthorn Leslie on 29 April 1907 (TWAM ref. 4923/1).


HMS Ghurka was a Tribal-class destroyer. Tragically, HMS Ghurka was sunk on 8 February 1917 after striking a German mine off the coast at Dungeness in Kent.


There's so much to enjoy in this photo - the shipyard workers in the background, the mysterious figure who appears to be falling backwards off the stage, the hats ...


The shipyard of R. & W. Hawthorn Leslie at Hebburn built many fine warships. During the First World War the firm built 2 light cruisers, 3 destroyer leaders and 25 torpedo boat destroyers. The firm also built machinery and boilers for 2 battleships, and a further 3 light cruisers. These and other warships built by Hawthorn Leslie before the War, are remembered in this set.


There are remarkable images of warships under construction at Hebburn, as well as fascinating shots of the people who attended the launches. The set also contains majestic views of the ships at sea. The images are not only a testimony to the skill of those who designed and built these ships but also to the courage of those who sailed in them.


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Uploaded on November 20, 2014