HMS 'Albion' Just Before Launching

1898-06-21 in Thames Ironworks
Edgar Tarry Adams

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'HMS Albion Just Before Launching', 1898 A photograph of 'HMS Albion' before its launch, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams (1852-1926), on 21 June, 1898
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A photograph entitled 'HMS 'Albion' Just Before Launching', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in June 1898.

Adams had visited the Thames Ironworks at Blackwall, London, to photograph the launch of the ship with his new hand-held camera. Tragedy struck however, when the ship left the slipway and entered the water, causing a massive wave which engulfed nearby spectators, drowning thirty-four people.

Adams' father had encouraged his interest in boats from childhood. He regularly documented the construction and launching of ships.


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National Media Museum, Bradford

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