The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

Short 184s on Breakwater

This is an interesting photograph showing the seaplanes lined up along the Breakwater (now called Mountbatten) in 1917. The steampowered winch that you can see on the left would lift the seaplanes in and out of the water. See below:

RNAS Cattewater's first job was to try and see how planes might aid the Royal Navy. There was a great deal of hope that planes could make ruling the empire cheaper and easier. This picture taken in 1918 clearly shows a bomb strapped beneath the plane.

Empire in Your Backyard: Plymouth Article

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