Two Short Sunderlands rescuing crew, 1940
An artist's impression of two Short Sunderlands rescuing the crew of the torpedoed merchant ship Kensington Court, 1940. On 18th September 1939 Kensington Court was stopped by U-32 with 13 shots of gunfire about 120 miles west of Lands End. The ship later sunk and the master and 34 crew members were rescued by a Sunderland aircraft. The two pilots, F/Lt Thurston M.W. Smith and F/Lt John Barrett were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for their feat. The Short S.25 Sunderland was a British flying boat patrol bomber developed for the RAF by Short Brothers. It took its name from the town, later city, of Sunderland in northeast England. From 'Our Air Force' published by Ward, Lock & Co., Ltd., 1940.
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'The Relief of the Western Party by the 'Terra Nova'', 18 February 2012, (1913)
'The Relief of the Western Party by the 'Terra Nova' Off the Mouth of the Koettlitz Glacier', 18 February 2012, (1913). T Griffith Taylor, Frank Debenham, Tryggve Gran and Robert Forde, members of the second geological expedition, were due to be picked up by Terra Nova on 15 January 1912, but the ship could not reach them until over a month later. The final expedition of British Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) left London on 1 June 1910 bound for the South Pole. The Terra Nova Expedition, officially the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913), included a geologist, a zoologist, a surgeon, a photographer, an engineer, a ski expert, a meteorologist and a physicist among others. Scott wished to continue the scientific work that he had begun when leading the Discovery Expedition to the Antarctic in 1901-04. He also wanted to be the first to reach the geographic South Pole. Scott, accompanied by Dr Edward Wilson, Captain Lawrence Oates, Lieutenant Henry Bowers and Petty Officer Edgar Evans, reached the Pole on 17 January 1912, only to find that the Norwegian expedition under Amundsen had beaten them to their objective by a month. Delayed by blizzards, and running out of supplies, Scott and the remainder of his team died at the end of March. Their bodies and diaries were found eight months later. From Scott's Last Expedition, Volume II. [Smith, Elder & Co., London, 1913]
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View from the 'Carpathia' of a lifeboat from the 'Titanic' brought alongside, 15 April, 1912
View from the 'Carpathia' of a lifeboat from the 'Titanic' brought alongside, 15 April, 1912. Operated by the White Star Line, RMS 'Titanic' was the largest and most luxurious ocean liner of her time, and thought to be unsinkable. During her maiden voyage, bound for New York, she struck an iceberg in thick fog off Newfoundland on 14 April 1912. In the collision five of her watertight compartments were compromised and she sank. Out of the 2228 people on board, only 705 survived. A major cause of the loss of life was the insufficient number of lifeboats she carried. The RMS 'Carpathia' responded to the 'Titanic''s distress call and arrived at the scene of the sinking around four hours later.
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