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Re: Beatty collection, HMS Lion, 1 June 1916
Should the NMM and the IWM care to split the the airfare and housing for my wife and myself...the Admiral Hardy would suit me...Admirably, or perhaps the De Vere Devonport in a pinch, I should be pleased to afford them the opportunity - why don't you work on that and let me know how it goes. In the meantime, and it has been a while, I think that I purchased these either from G.L.Green in the UK or from Q.M.Dabney here in the colonies. I am going to work on getting these scanned, but part of the problem is that almost all have been GLUED to the really old black 'scrapbook' paper pages - the only saving grace is that they are only attached on one edge each, this allows the observer to lift the unglued edge to look at the info on the back of the image. Not altogether sure about how to get around that yet. Oh, and that airfare - nonstop, Dallas, Republic of Texas.
You, clearly, have struck the jackpot with this item. If I were you, I’d make an appointment to show it to the WWI RN archivist(s) at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and the Imperial War Museum. For the sake of posterity, you ought to get the fading photographs scanned.
Where did you find this?
I am sure I am speaking for all the people with an interest in HMS Lion—please scan and post those 1 June 1916 photographs because Lion is a very difficult nut to crack for its Jutland state. I have an image I bought from Mark Postlethwaite (the artist) who briefly had a service offering images of WWI RN warships. It shows Lion after the battle, in port, still in the state she was in during the battle (anti-torpedo nets, among other things), but Q turret has been removed. This is the best reference I have found for Lion’s forward superstructure on 31 May 1916.
The eccentricity of the publication data is not unusual for the period. It was scant compared to today. I suspect it was published as a memento for officers of the Battlecruiser Fleet.
Cheers, Jeff Spencer
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