Titanic and Olympic - Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Fascinating photograph taken on 6th March 1912, showing The RMS Titanic (left) and The RMS Olympic (right), the brand new ships of the White Star Line at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland. The caption on the reverse of the print reads as follows:
"Olympic on right alongside floating crane and wharf after having floated out of dry dock - Titanic on left having floated into dry dock - All being done on one tide on 6th March 1912"
Titanic closely resembled her older sister Olympic. Although she enclosed more space and therefore had a larger gross register tonnage, the hull was the same length as Olympic's. One of the most noticeable differences from Olympic was that half of Titanic's forward promenade A-Deck (below the boat deck) was enclosed against outside weather.
© Mary Evans Picture Library/The Herdman Archives Collection
NFS (London Region) narrow boat fitted with fire pumps
There were 18 river fire stations along the length of the River Thames during WW2. They were used to accommodate the crews on a 24 hour standby to operate the fireboats. In addition the three permanent London Fire Brigade fireboats, including the Massey Shaw, other fireboats and craft were brought into service. Here narrow boats (known locally in London as monkey boats) were equipped with trailer pumps in order to access, and provide water supplies from, the canals that ran north of the River Thames
© London Fire Brigade / Mary Evans Picture Library
WWI - Robbins of Dudley Trench Fighting Punch Dagger
First World War Robbins of Dudley Trench Fighting Punch Dagger. A rare example, double edged blade with double central fuller leading into the cast alloy finger shaped grip with steel knuckle bow. The end of the grip stamped Robbins Dudley. Housed in its original brown leather fitted scabbard with leather securing strap, brass stud and leather belt loop. Firearms & Equipment
© David Cohen Fine Art/Mary Evans Picture Library