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Title : Launch party of HMS Calypso

Description : Launch party of the light cruiser HMS Calypso, launched at the Hebburn shipyard of Hawthorn Leslie, 24 January 1917 (TWAM ref. 4923/2). HMS Calypso was damaged during the 2nd Battle of Heligoland Bight on 17 November 1917. Calypso went on to serve during the Second World War and tragically was sunk by an Italian submarine in June 1940. The shipyard of R. & W. Hawthorn Leslie at Hebburn built many fine warships. During the First World War the firm built 2 light cruisers, 3 destroyer leaders and 25 torpedo boat destroyers. The firm also built machinery and boilers for 2 battleships, and a further 3 light cruisers. These and other warships built by Hawthorn Leslie before the War, are remembered in this set. There are remarkable images of warships under construction at Hebburn, as well as fascinating shots of the people who attended the launches. The set also contains majestic views of the ships at sea. The images are not only a testimony to the skill of those who designed and built these ships but also to the courage of those who sailed in them. (Copyright) We're happy for you to share these digital images within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you're unsure please email

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