The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

Seaplane Tender at Cattedown

This shows a Seaplane Tender Mark I ST 201 on the Cattewater. You can see a Short Sunderland of No. 10 Squadron RAAF moored behind it. This would have been a common sight in the 1930s and 40s in Plymouth Sound. This picture is from RAAF 10 Squadron which operated there in World War Two.

The tenders were greatly improved thanks to the work of T.E.Lawrence who went by the name of T.E. Shaw during his time at Mountbatten from 1925. He realised that the tenders could also be used as high speed rescue launches reaching speeds of up to 40 mph. During the Second World War, they would rescue over 13,000 Allied airmen around England's waters including many from Mountbatten.

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