The Swedish war vessel Gotland, combined Cruiser and Seaplane-carrier, arrived at Gravesend, with two Hawker Osprey seaplanes on deck.


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ca. 1935. Original photograph, silverprint, 20,4 x 15,2 cm, with two mounted letterpress tickets on verso. HMS Gotland was a seaplane cruiser of the Swedish Navy built by Götaverken. During World War II Gotland sighted the German Battleship Bismarck when it broke out of the Baltic sea. That was reported to Swedish Navy headquarters but the message was intercepted by the British embassy which triggered the allied chase, and sinking, of the great battleship. It was originally planned to be a conventional aircraft carrier with a flight deck, but the plans changed and it became a seaplane cruiser with one catapult. Its aircraft complement consisted of six Hawker Osprey seaplanes. It had capacity for eight and attempts were made to purchase two more, unsuccessfully since they weren't manufactured anymore. HMS Gotland was converted in 1944 to an anti-aircraft cruiser due to a lack of modern seaplanes. After World War II it served as a training ship until it was decommissioned in 1956, stricken in 1960, sold in 1962 and finally scrapped in 1963. KEYWORDS:photo. Bookseller Inventory # 39002

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