HMS Indestructible: Unlocking the bloody history of the ship made famous by Turner, the Fighting Temeraire
A hull hewn from 5,000 English oak trees. And 700 savage fighting men on board - each downing half a pint of rum and a gallon of beer a day. A new book unlocks the bloody history of the ship behind the nation's favourite painting.
Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers
It’s only natural that a project of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s scale would attract the kind of attention that it has. It means that it’s already doing part of the job it was commissioned to do: to be a conspicuous presence – a key feature of being a deterrent. And with a lifespan of 50 years, she will continue to have an impact around the world as it safeguards the UK’s interests well into the future.
Hook Ladder Drill circa 1960
By using two Hook Ladders a fireman could scale the outside of a multi story building floor by floor. The length of the ladder was 13ft. 4ins. The width was 9ins. and the weight was 29lbs. The hook that held you on the window was 2ft. 2ins.long, with a 6inch bill. It was fitted with 8 teeth which helped to grip the window frame. It was important when stepping on to the head of the ladder to try and keep the weight of your body below the hook. This helped to stop the ladder from tilting. Not…