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HMS Hermes British Aircraft Carrier: World War II

HMS Hermes was the first purpose-designed aircraft carrier built for the Royal Navy and fitted with an off-centre island containing the funnel and operations spaces. Although very narrow, the island was quite long and massive for a ship this size. The island located forward of amidships made the ship trim by the bow, the weight of the off-set island also caused a list to starboard. This imbalance had to [...]

By | 2018-01-14T17:11:45+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

HMS Formidable British Aircraft Carrier: World War II

HMS Formidable was an Illustrious-class aircraft carrier ordered for the Royal Navy before the Second World War. After being completed in late 1940, she was briefly assigned to the Home Fleet before being transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet as a replacement for her crippled sister ship Illustrious. Formidable's aircraft played a key role in the Battle of Cape Matapan in early 1941, and they subsequently provided cover for Allied [...]

By | 2018-01-11T14:45:04+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

HMS Belfast Light Cruiser: World War II

HMS Belfast is a Town-class light cruiser that was built for the Royal Navy, currently permanently moored as a museum ship on the River Thames in London, England, operated by the Imperial War Museum. Construction of Belfast, the first ship in the Royal Navy to be named after the capital city of Northern Ireland and one of ten Town-class cruisers, began in December 1936. She was launched on St [...]

By | 2018-01-04T09:21:34+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Supermarine Sea Otter: World War II

The Supermarine Sea Otter was a British designed biplane amphibian intended to replace the once venerable Supermarine Walrus in the Royal Air Force reconnaissance and search and rescue missions. It had the distinctions of being the last biplane flying boat to achieve front-line service in Great Britain armed forces. The Sea Otter was a result of an Air Ministry’s specification request codenamed S.7-38 (Stingray). There was a considerable effort placed [...]

By | 2017-12-21T08:22:20+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Structure Settlements in Prehistoric Period

jarlshof is an extraordinary structure settlements complex at the southern tip of Shetland's Mainland is not one archaeological site but several, with ruins spanning 4000 years in one location. The 3-acre site contains Neolithic structure settlements such as houses, a Bronze Age village, an Iron Age settlement and broch, a Viking village, a medieval farm, and a 16th-century laird's hall. History In the late 19th century a violent storm exposed [...]

By | 2017-12-19T12:53:40+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Categories: Discoveries|Tags: , |0 Comments

Carlisle Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Carlisle Castle is situated in Carlisle, in the English county of Cumbria, near the ruins of Hadrian's Wall. The castle is over 900 years old and has been the scene of many historical episodes in British history. Given the proximity of Carlisle to the border between England and Scotland, it has been the centre of many wars and invasions. Today the castle is managed by English Heritage and is [...]

By | 2017-12-17T13:41:33+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Warkworth Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage form one of the most unusual pairs of medieval monuments in Britain. The castle was probably laid out in its present form in about 1200 and was the favoured residence of the powerful Percy family from the 14th to the 17th centuries. As the Earls (and later Dukes) of Northumberland, they were among the greatest landowners in northern England. Nearby, on the banks of the [...]

By | 2017-12-13T10:41:00+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lincoln Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Strategically sited on high ground overlooking the River Witham, Lincoln was originally established by the Romans as a Legionary Fortress and later it was converted into a colony for veterans. Following the Norman Conquest, the earlier defences were adapted into Lincoln Castle and Town Walls. Key battles were fought in the vicinity during the Anarchy and the First Barons' Wars. The Romans Sited on top of a steep escarpment [...]

By | 2017-12-11T09:15:09+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Gregson Slave-Trading Syndicate: The Zong Massacre

On 29 November 1781, Captain Luke Collingwood of the British ship, slave trading Zong, ordered one-third of his cargo to be thrown overboard. That cargo was human – 133 African slaves bound for Jamaica. His motive – to collect the insurance. The case was brought to court – not for murder, but against the insurers who refused to pay up. This is the cruel story of the Zong Massacre. [...]

By | 2017-12-04T11:59:21+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lauriston Castle: Medieval Forification in Edinburgh

Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with 19th-century extensions overlooking the Firth of Forth, in Edinburgh, Scotland. It lies on Cramond Road South, between Cramond, Davidson's Mains, and Silverknowes. The substantial grounds, Lauriston Castle Gardens, operate as a local park. The castle was bequeathed to the Edinburgh Corporation (post 1973 known as Edinburgh City Council) and hosts The Lord Provosts annual Garden Party. History A Lauriston Castle stood [...]

By | 2017-12-03T18:09:19+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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