Festival of Britain exhibition ship "Campania"

Festival of Britain exhibition ship "Campania"

Image Details

Title Festival of Britain exhibition ship "Campania"
Reference Number STH0009758
Photographer Unknown
Town or Village South Shields
Date 1951
Original Format Black and white photograph
Period The 1950s
Copyright South Tyneside Libraries
Further Information Festival of Britain exibition ship "Campania" leaving the Tyne.

HMS Campania was an escort aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy that saw
service during the Second World War.  After the war, the ship was
used as a floating exhibition hall for the 1951 Festival of Britain
and as the command ship for the 1952 Operation Hurricane, the test of
the prototype British atomic bomb.

She was built at Harland & Wolff shipyards in Belfast, Northern
Ireland. When construction started in 1941 she was originally intended
as a refrigerated cargo ship for transporting lamb and mutton from New
Zealand, she was requisitioned by the Government during construction
and completed and launched as an escort carrier, entering service in
early 1944.