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Mobile: 07739 380534
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Address: 6 Ordnance Mews
The Historic Dockyard
Chatham, Kent, U.K. ME4 4TE
Articulated Coelacanth commissioned by local artist Billy Childish 2010.
The origins of the Empire boats lay in an Air Ministry requirement for passenger and mail carriers that could provide air mail service to the colonies in Africa and Australia.
The Empire was officially known as the C-class by Imperial Airways and each aircraft operated by them was given a name beginning with C. The first aircraft, G-ADHL Canopus, was completed in June 1936 and launched on 3 July. A total of 42 Empires were built, all at Short's Rochester factory.
Model Canopus Flying Boat
Commissioned from Paul by local artist Billy Childish, 2012.
Canopus seen here building speed for take off passing Rochester Castle on the River Medway, 1936.