Airships at the Royal Navy Air Station, Capel, Surrey

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World War I. The airship station at Capel le Ferne between Dover and Folkestone, Kent, was established in spring 1915 to provide anti-submarine patrols urgently needed to protect British shipping in the Dover Straits. At the end of World War I, it had a fleet of nine 'Submarine Scout' airships, which required a large number of men to manoeuvre them around the site and in and out of their huge sheds. Wingless aeroplanes were sometimes used to power airships, as shown here.

Fleet Air Arm Museum



Airships at the Royal Navy Air Station, Capel, Surrey




oil on canvas


H 63.3 x W 76.1 cm

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purchased from the artist, 1979

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