Sunday, April 10, 2011

Building a Dreadnought (?)

This old postcard shows armoured plate being applied to the hull of an Edwardian dreadnought in Portsmouth Dockyard. It's postmarked Portsmouth. The postmark is unclear but could be 1907. It was sent to Miss Alice Tuplin at Holme Cottage, Great Coastes, Lincolnshire by someone called Will, who must have been a ship builder working in the dockyard. His message reads: " Dear Alice, This is the ship I am working on putting on armour plates. Hope you all are well as it leaves me in the pink. With love Will". This might be HMS Bellerophon which was completed in Portsmouth Dockyard in 1909.

There's a four-funnelled cruiser in the background - possibly one of the Cressy class?

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