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Wreck of HMA1, the Royal Navys first airship Featured 6 Feb 2012 Image

Wreck of HMA1, the Royal Navys first airship

The wreck of HMA1, The Mayfly. Built by Vickers, this was the first naval airship built in the UK; work began on it in 1909 at Cavendish Dock. On 13 February 1911 the Mayfly made her static trials in the shed. The motors were run and controls operated but outdoor trials could not be completed until the weather moderated. It was not until March that the crew were reported ready for launching the ship. By 24 September 1911 the decision was made to move her out of her hangar for full testing. However, disaster struck in the form of a sudden forceful beamside gust causing the ship to lurch; she just cleared the shed, but was laid onto her beam ends. She righted and was then being pivoted so that her nose would point back out to the dock, but there were cracking sounds amidships and she broke in two. She started to rise in an inverted V formation but the crew in the after gondola dived overboard and the stern flew up into the air. The ship was later left to rot in her shed, while many discussions took place at the Admiralty regarding the future of naval airship operations.

© Mary Evans Picture Library/The Pete Frost Collection

Jack Johnson, boxer, going to court, London Featured 6 Feb 2012 Image

Jack Johnson, boxer, going to court, London

The American heavyweight boxer Arthur John Johnson, better known as Jack Johnson (1878-1946), nicknamed the Galveston Giant, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion between 1908 and 1915, seen here on his way to court in Bow Street, London, surrounded by a large crowd. He was the first African-American to win the Heavyweight Championship. There was an injunction to stop the fight between Johnson and Billy Bombardier Wells at Earls Court, as it was alleged it could breach the peace -- religious opponents of excessive prize money, and opponents of contests between the races, caused the fight to be cancelled by Winston Churchill, who was then Home Secretary.
September 1911

© Mary Evans Picture Library/The Pete Frost Collection

Lord George Sangers horses at auction, London Featured 6 Feb 2012 Image

Lord George Sangers horses at auction, London

Lord George Sanger (1827-1911) was an English showman and circus proprietor who ran shows and circuses throughout much of the 19th century and early 20th with his brother John. He retired in 1905 and was murdered by an insane employee in November 1911. After his death his stud of horses and ponies was put up for auction at Park Farm, East Finchley. This picture shows the auction with a team of Skewbald mares being sold.

© Mary Evans Picture Library/The Pete Frost Collection