Aircraft Carrier to Exhibition Ship : HMS CAMPANIA

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Aircraft Carrier to Exhibition Ship : HMS CAMPANIA

Post by Deepol » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:51 pm

Escort Carrier HMS CAMPANIA was completed at Belfast in 1944 originally to have been a general cargo ship for Port Line.
In 1951 she was converted to be the Festival of Britain's exhibition ship, touring the country's ports with a civilian crew as the Festival Ship Campania to supplement the main exhibition in London and two thousand local events.
Repainted white, the ship was decorated with skeleton masts and bunting. Officially named the Sea Travelling Exhibition, the exhibits were intended to reflect the main London Exhibition. Like the Festival's Land Travelling Exhibition, they were divided into three sections, the "Land of Britain", "Discovery" and "The People at Home". Between 4 May 1951 and 6 October, the ship visited Southampton, Dundee, Newcastle, Hull, Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Belfast, Birkenhead and Glasgow, staying at each port for 10–14 days.
Following this she was refitted in Birkenhead to become Command Ship for Operation Hurricane, the test of the first British atomic bomb off western Australia in October 1952.
Decommissioned in December 1952 following her return to the UK she arrived at Blyth on November 11th 1955 for Hughes Bolckow to begin cutting her up.
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As a carrier
Campania Exhibition Eagle 1 fore resized.jpg
From an Eagle cutaway in collection, Laurence Dunn's drawing of her as the Festival Ship
Campania Exhibition Eagle 2 aft resized.jpg
From an Eagle cutaway in collection, Laurence Dunn's drawing of her as the Festival Ship
Campania-ExhibitionShip-JW.jpg
Courtesy of John Winters' collection, this shot of her at I think Southampton.
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