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Towing Collection

Background imageTowing Collection: Short Sunderland flying boat, WW2

Short Sunderland flying boat, WW2
Short Sunderland flying boat RBO, seen here being towed up a jetty. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageTowing Collection: Medusa Raft - 1

Medusa Raft - 1
When French ship wrecks on the African coast, all take to boats, towing a raft; but the boats abandon the raft with 157 on it, who suffer terribly and fight, only 15 surviving. Date: July 1816

Background imageTowing Collection: Saved by a female Bather

Saved by a female Bather
A gentleman bather who has found himself in trouble, is rescued by two extremely glamorous lady bathers. One has him firmly In Tow

Background imageTowing Collection: Douglas Dakota picking up a glider, Normandy; Second World W

Douglas Dakota picking up a glider, Normandy; Second World W
Illustration showing a Douglas Dakota, C-47 Skytrain, swooping down with a hook trailing to pick up a Waco glider, Normandy, France, 1944

Background imageTowing Collection: Blitz in London -- Auxiliary towing vehicle and trailer, WW2

Blitz in London -- Auxiliary towing vehicle and trailer, WW2
An example of an Auxiliary towing vehicle and its trailer pump, used during the London Blitz. Such units would have been allocated to sub-stations (under the control of a regular fire station)

Background imageTowing Collection: Humber Vintage Car towing a Humber-built Monoplane - (The first all-British aviation

Humber Vintage Car towing a Humber-built Monoplane - (The first all-British aviation meeting), Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton, Midlands, England. Date: 1910

Background imageTowing Collection: Short S29 Stirling towing Horsa

Short S29 Stirling towing Horsa

Background imageTowing Collection: Bristol Beaufighter TT Mk. 10 RD758, Bahrain

Bristol Beaufighter TT Mk. 10 RD758, Bahrain
Built as a Beaufighter TF.X (Torpedo Fighter version) RD758 was converted to a TT.X, for target towing Date: 1956

Background imageTowing Collection: Shepperton Flood 1929

Shepperton Flood 1929
Three men wading through the River Thames, towing a boat loaded with a crate containing a large sow, part of the animal farm belonging to Mrs. Brown of Shepperton, England

Background imageTowing Collection: Curtiss H12 Large America, 8671, being warped aboard a t?

Curtiss H12 Large America, 8671, being warped aboard a t?
Curtiss H12 Large America, 8671, being warped aboard a towing lighter

Background imageTowing Collection: Morris Commercial C8 FAT

Morris Commercial C8 FAT
Royal Artillery - Morris Commercial C8 FAT (aka Quad), towing a limber and Ordnance QF 25-pounder field gun. Date: circa 1942

Background imageTowing Collection: Fiat G-91R/3 99+08

Fiat G-91R/3 99+08
Luftwaffe - Fiat G-91R/3 99+08 (msn D459), of Condor Flight, with target towing role equipment on the port wing pylons. Date: circa 1990

Background imageTowing Collection: Short S. 38 - SA. 1 Sturgeon S. 1 RK797

Short S. 38 - SA. 1 Sturgeon S. 1 RK797
Short S.38/SA.1 Sturgeon S.1 RK797, the first prototype of a new carrier-borne strike and reconnaissance aircraft for the Royal Navy

Background imageTowing Collection: Towing a pilot cobble in 1907

Towing a pilot cobble in 1907 Date: 1907

Background imageTowing Collection: Horse towing barge on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Horse towing barge on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Date: circa 1900s

Background imageTowing Collection: L'Atlantique liner towed into Cherbourg harbour

L'Atlantique liner towed into Cherbourg harbour
The burned out shell of French luxury cruise liner L'Atlantique towed into Cherbourg harbour Date: 1933

Background imageTowing Collection: Death of a stuntman, Eastbourne

Death of a stuntman, Eastbourne
Death of a stuntman at Arlington Stadium, near Eastbourne. John Bell, aged 23, was being towed behind a car on a wooden sledge when, as part of the stunt

Background imageTowing Collection: Avro 652 Anson I N4877 - G-AMDA

Avro 652 Anson I N4877 - G-AMDA of the Skyfame museum at Staverton Airport N4877 was built at the Avro factory at Newton Heath, Manchester and was taken on charge by the Royal Air Force on Nov 17

Background imageTowing Collection: Military steam traction engines with soldiers and others

Military steam traction engines with soldiers and others
Military steam traction engines towing army huts, with soldiers of the ASC (Army Service Corps) and others. Date: circa 1905

Background imageTowing Collection: L Atlantique, French luxury liner, Cherbourg, France

L Atlantique, French luxury liner, Cherbourg, France
L Atlantique, French luxury liner, towed home in a battered state into Cherbourg harbour, Northern France, January 1933. 1933

Background imageTowing Collection: MERRY GO ROUND ON ICE

MERRY GO ROUND ON ICE
A merry-go-round on the ice - towing children on toboggans. Date: 1890

Background imageTowing Collection: Scale working model General Purpose Engine

Scale working model General Purpose Engine towing a trailer, on parade in town. Date: 1970s-1980s

Background imageTowing Collection: Flaglor High-Tow N2840C

Flaglor High-Tow N2840C at Groton Connecticut. Built by F.K. Chuck Flaglor at Des Plaines IL. In 1957, the High-Tow was a hybrid with a Waco fuselage and wings from a Fleet aircraft

Background imageTowing Collection: Flookborough shrimp trailers, Morecambe Bay

Flookborough shrimp trailers, Morecambe Bay
Flookborough, Morecambe Bay, Cumbria. Shrimp fishermens trailers with ropes and shrimp nets. The trailers are towed by tractors at low tide Date: 1993

Background imageTowing Collection: Hawker Hunter T-8C

Hawker Hunter T-8C
Royal Navy Hawker Hunter Trainer Parked with Canopy Open Date: 1960s

Background imageTowing Collection: Westland Whirlwind HARMk10 XR454 of the RAF

Westland Whirlwind HARMk10 XR454 of the RAF
Westland Whirlwind HARMk10 XR454 of the Royal Air Force above Rescue & Target Towing Launch 2759

Background imageTowing Collection: Canal boat drawn by horse

Canal boat drawn by horse
Canal boat drawn by a horse, led by a man along a towpath. circa 1905

Background imageTowing Collection: Junkers Ju 90 -shown towing a giant Messerschmitt Me 23

Junkers Ju 90 -shown towing a giant Messerschmitt Me 232 troop glider

Background imageTowing Collection: Hawker Henley -started life as a light bomber, but rele

Hawker Henley -started life as a light bomber, but relegated to target towing

Background imageTowing Collection: Bristol Beaufighter TT Mk. 10 RD867, Rockcliffe, Canada

Bristol Beaufighter TT Mk. 10 RD867, Rockcliffe, Canada
Built as a Beaufighter TF.X (Torpedo Fighter version) RD467 was converted to a TT.X, for target towing. Seen here in bad condition at Rockcliffe Airport in Ottawa, Canada

Background imageTowing Collection: Breakdown lorry lifting car from basement area

Breakdown lorry lifting car from basement area
The breakdown lorry, from Lambeth fire station being deployed to raise a car from the basement area after it crashed through the railings

Background imageTowing Collection: NFS (London) towing unit and trailer pump, WW2

NFS (London) towing unit and trailer pump, WW2
A unit from Lewisham Sub-station (37 F 2 Y) at Lewisham Bridge School, Elmira Street. SE London attending a training exercise in the locality

Background imageTowing Collection: LFB fire towing unit and trailer pump in bomb crater, WW2

LFB fire towing unit and trailer pump in bomb crater, WW2
Quite a few London Fire Brigade vehicles came to grief during the Blitz raids. This Commer towing van and trailer pump have ploughed into a bomb crater in Southwark Bridge Road just south of

Background imageTowing Collection: Tug Anglia and Obelisk Ship Cleopatra, off Ferrol, 1878

Tug Anglia and Obelisk Ship Cleopatra, off Ferrol, 1878
Engraving showing the steam tug Anglia (on left) towing the obelisk ship Cleopatra, off Ferrol, 1878. The Cleopatra, which was a cylindrical vessel, was built around Cleopatras Needle

Background imageTowing Collection: Penlee lifeboat towing stricken yachts to Newlyn, Cornwall

Penlee lifeboat towing stricken yachts to Newlyn, Cornwall
Penlee lifeboat towing stricken yachts and their passengers to Newlyn, Cornwall. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageTowing Collection: Cartoon, British Tars, towing the Danish Fleet into Harbour

Cartoon, British Tars, towing the Danish Fleet into Harbour; the Broadbottom Leviathan trying to swamp Billys old Boat, & the little Corsican tottering on the Clouds of Ambition, by James Gillray

Background imageTowing Collection: Two boys and a dog in rubber dinghies

Two boys and a dog in rubber dinghies
Two boys in a large rubber dinghy, towing along a smaller dinghy containing a small dog. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageTowing Collection: Armstrong Whitworth AW 41 Albermarle-seen here towing a

Armstrong Whitworth AW 41 Albermarle-seen here towing a Horsa glider, where they took part in the Normandy landings

Background imageTowing Collection: Albatros DVa towing-out D7343-17 - Photo by Hugh W. Cow

Albatros DVa towing-out D7343-17 - Photo by Hugh W. Cowin - Old Warden

Background imageTowing Collection: Towing vehicle and light trailer pump, WW2

Towing vehicle and light trailer pump, WW2
Two AFS men with a towing vehicle and light trailer pump. Date: 1940s

Background imageTowing Collection: Dennis breakdown lorry, demonstrating wrong method

Dennis breakdown lorry, demonstrating wrong method
Firefighters operating a Dennis breakdown lorry (commissioned at HQ on 3 April 1936), demonstrating the wrong method of lifting and towing the front axle

Background imageTowing Collection: Emigrant ship St Vincent

Emigrant ship St Vincent
The emigrant ship St Vincent, bound for Sydney, Australia, being towed out. The ship left Deptford, south London, preparatory to sailing for Plymouth, then Cork in Ireland

Background imageTowing Collection: Napier aeroplane, 1916

Napier aeroplane, 1916
A Napier aeroplane en route to the army authorities, towed by a car with a large trailer. Date: 1916

Background imageTowing Collection: Couple water-planing on a wooden raft

Couple water-planing on a wooden raft
A couple water-planing (or planking) on a wooden raft -- the photograph has been taken from the motor boat which is towing them. Date: 1914

Background imageTowing Collection: British soldiers towing captured German gun, WW1

British soldiers towing captured German gun, WW1
British soldiers towing a captured German gun along a road on the Western Front in France during World War One. Date: circa 1916

Background imageTowing Collection: Curtiss H12 Large America, 8681, aboard a towing lighter

Curtiss H12 Large America, 8681, aboard a towing lighter

Background imageTowing Collection: Curtiss H12 Large America, 8681, about to be warped aboa?

Curtiss H12 Large America, 8681, about to be warped aboa?
Curtiss H12 Large America, 8681, about to be warped aboard a towing lighter

Background imageTowing Collection: A Curtiss H12 Large America in a towing lighter adapted ?

A Curtiss H12 Large America in a towing lighter adapted ?
A Curtiss H12 Large America in a towing lighter adapted to be a floating dock for flying boats



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