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'Taking in Cordite on HMS Queen Elizabeth', c 1916.

'Taking in Cordite on HMS Queen Elizabeth', c 1916.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


A photograph of officers onboard HMS Elizabeth overseeing the loading of supplies, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1916. This photograph is from an album entitled 'Britain Prepared', prepared by Charles Urban (1867-1942) under the patronage of King George V and Queen Mary. The cylinders being swung onboard the ship in the top right contain cordite. This explosive propellent was used to fire the ship's massive 15 inch guns. Launched in 1915 the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth was the first of a class of five formidable warships. The first battleship to mount 15 inch guns she was also the fastest built at the time, and the first to use oil for fuel. She supported the Galipoli landings in 1915, before serving as flagship for the Grand Fleet between 1916 and 1918. The Queen Elizabeth went on to serve in World War Two. The American Charles Urban was an influential figure in early British cinematography. He developed his own projection system, the Bioscope, in 1896. Moving to

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