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
Royal Air Force Consolidated Liberator GR Mk.III (Special R
Royal Air Force Consolidated Liberator GR Mk.III (Special R.P.). The use of rockets against submarines got mixed reactions from the aircrew, but several Liberators were operated with the 8-rail RP-3 rocket installation on the lower forward fuselage. Also in evidence are the Leigh Light under the starboard wing, as well as the Air-Surface-Vessel (ASV) radar aerials on the fuselage and under the wings - Photograph date 16th July 1943. Date: 1943
© (c) The Peter Butt Aviation Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library
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