TQ3180 : RSS Discovery - River Thames 1968

taken 50 years ago, near to City of London, Great Britain

RSS Discovery - River Thames 1968
RSS Discovery - River Thames 1968
A scanned slide from one of my earliest cameras.
Famed for its Antartic exploration involving 2 years being trapped in ice in 1902/3.After then she had a varied career but on returning to Britain, her research days now over, Discovery was laid up until 1936 when she was presented to the Boy Scouts Association as a static training ship for Sea Scouts in London. During the Second World War her engines and boilers were removed for scrap to help with the war effort. Too costly for the Scouts Association to maintain she was transferred to the Admiralty in 1955 for use as a drill ship for the Royal Navy Auxiliary Reserve. As the years passed her condition deteriorated and when no longer of use to the Navy, she was in danger of being scrapped. Saved from the breakers yard by the Maritime Trust, into whose care she passed in 1979, her future was secured. Berthed on the River Thames and open to the public, the trust spent some 500,000 on essential restoration until she was passed into the ownership of the Dundee Heritage Trust in 1985, where she is still moored.
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Date Taken
September 1968   (more nearby)
Sunday, 8 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  People, Events 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 311 807 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.6383N 0:6.6646W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 311 808
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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