Launch of HMS 'Cornwallis'

1901-07-17 in Thames Ironworks
Edgar Tarry Adams

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'Launch Of HMS Cornwallis At Thames Ironworks, Blackwall', 1901 A photograph of the launch of 'HMS Cornwallis' at the Thames Ironworks, Blackwall, London
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A photograph entitled 'Launch of HMS 'Cornwallis' at Thames Ironworks, Blackwall', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in July 1901.

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

In January 1915, after the outbreak of World War One, HMS 'Cornwallis' was sent to the Dardanelles where she became the first British warship to open fire. After being hit with three torpedoes fired from a German U-boat she sank off the coast of Malta in 1917.


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