Vice Admiral Sir Cecil Ponsonby Talbot, K.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O.
Photo Collection
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September 24, 1911: HM Airship No.1 "Mayfly" just after being removed from floating shed at Vickers, Sons & Maxim Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness.

September 24, 1911: HM Airship No. 1 "Mayfly" broken in half after strong winds hit the side of the ship. It is also believed that one of the mooring lines had not been released and that the ship was literally pulled in half.

September 24, 1911: The wreck of HM Airship No. 1 "Mayfly" at Vickers, Sons & Maxim Ltd.

One of the two crews that were trained to operate HM Airship No. 1, Lt. Cecil P. Talbot is seen seated second from right.

Lieutenant Cecil P. Talbot seen in 1912.
(All photos from the collection of Vice Admiral Sir Cecil Ponsonby Talbot, K.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O.)
Courtesy of Colonel John Talbot

MaritimeQuest wishes to give our deepest appreciation to Col. John Talbot for providing access to his father's magnificent photographic collection for publication on this site. The collection spans several decades and is filled with many rare and some never before published photographs and were are very grateful that he has allowed us to publish the collection.

We also wish to thank Patrick Langrishe without whom the collection could not have been published. Patrick scanned and rescanned the collection in order to obtain the fine quality images presented here. Thanks must also go to Philip J. Heydon, I.S.M. for aiding in research and identification of many of the photographs displayed.

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