HMS 'Habbakuk' with HMS 'Indefatigable', 1946
Illustration showing the top secret design for HMS 'Habbakuk' (centre), a giant aircraft-carrier built of ice and wood pulp, which was proposed as a secret weapon in the Second World War. This project was put forward by Geoffrey Pyke in 1942, but was never built as the practicalities involved were too much for the British war effort. The 'Habbakuk' is shown next to HMS 'Indefatigable' (right), a large British aircraft-carrier built of conventional materials.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
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
Swindon Town Football Club 1907-8 season
Swindon Town Football Club 1907-8 season. Swindon's exploits at this time owed a lot to the skilful forward Harold John Fleming (1887-1955) who was capped by England 11 times between 1909 and 1914 despite playing outside the Football League. Fleming remained with Swindon throughout a playing career spanning 1907 and 1924 and went on to live in the town for his entire life (see: 10075557). Another player featured is the wonderfully-named Herbert Ernest Saxon Bertie Cordey Lyon (1877-?) !! Date: circa 1907
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection