A US M-Class Airship.
The Canadian Light Horse heading into action at Vimy Ridge. 1917.
Please note the blast seen in the distance may have been added by the photographer William Ivor Castle, who apparently wasn’t opposed to altering his images for dramatic effect.
I have finished my little dedicated journey through the shipbuilding heritage of Newcastle upon Tyne. Now going to look at all sorts again, but im sure I will dabble in it some more. Its so very interesting and its right on my door step.
Armstrong’s Works at Elswick (I believe)
I don’t have a date, I’m afraid. I think early 20th Century to 1930’s.
The testing of a ‘Monster Gun’ of W.G Armstrong, Mitchell & Company at the Woolwich Arsenal in London. Th Elswick built gun weighed in at 111 tonnes. From an 1887 issue of the Illustrated London News.
The gun would fire a 16.5 calibre, 1800 pound shell at a distance of 8 miles.
Ulysses S Grant at the Elswick Works with William Armstrong (far right to the fore) and his wife Margaret (I believe next to Grant). Late 1870’s.
Apparently that is a real artillery piece pictured, known as a monster gun. But it seems too big to me.
Baron William Armstrong.
Engineer and arms manufacture to the world.
Born in 1810 Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of a corn merchant. William originally studied and worked in Law for over 11 years. Then after being inspired seeing an inefficient waterwheel, built a piston engine that would give rise to a company producing 75 Hydraulic cranes a year. Armstrong then branched out to bridge construction, artillery production both on land and sea, and then warships.
Armstrong’s site at Elswick was the only place in the world that a warship could be built and fully fitted out with weaponry. From a few men Elswick would develop at its peak in the early 20th century to employ 20,000 people across a varied and complex site.