Launching HMS Lion 1910





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Published on Aug 12, 2013

Restored film of Viscountess Clifden launching HMS Lion at Devonport in 1910.

One hundred years ago, amidst great secrecy, the most important battlecruiser of the First World War was launched by Viscountess Clifden of Lanhydrock House, nr Bodmin.

For the first time excellent quality footage of the Devonport launch can be seen thanks to the efforts of Matt Chapman, a graphic designer and Lanhydrock volunteer who has painstakingly cleaned and restored the original cine-film masters.

Soon after the launch all shipbuilding staff attended a tea-party at Lanhydrock by kind invitation of Lady Robartes during which a ceremonial launching casket (a beautifully carved casket containing the launching hammer, chisel and rope) was presented to Her Ladyship.

Lady Robartes took a great interest in HMS Lion and the welfare of those who served onboard during the First World War. The battleship was decommissioned in 1922 and scrapped in 1924.

House and Collections Manager, Paul Holden says, 'This amazing footage is the only known moving film of the Edwardian family who lived at Lanhydrock'.

The HMS Lion casket, Lady Robartes invitation to launch the ship and two impressive watercolours are on dipslay at Lanhydrock House.


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