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Empress of Britain launch

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Fascinating photograph, but it confused me. My first thought was 1956, but I could not fit the landmarks with Fairfields' yard. Then I realised it must be the previous Empress of Britain, 1931, which makes this aerial photograph even more unusual! If so, this is Clydebank long before the blitz, and almost unrecognisable from today's town. The strip of water beyond the Clyde is the Forth & Clyde Canal, wending round the south side of Singer's huge works (now long closed). Looks like a steam yacht in the fitting-out basin, and a pair of small sterns in the shed on the left - were they submarines being built for the coming war, I wonder?
 

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Clydesite gives the date of this launch as 11 June 1930. Two other ships are listed as being launched at John Brown's yard shortly afterward: destroyers HMS Basilisk (6 August 1930) and HMS Beagle (26 September 1930). Both 323 feet x 32 feet. My guess is that those are the ships in the shed.
Also, the steam yacht is the classic and graceful NAHLIN, launched on 28 April 1930. See http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=18.
 

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