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Rhu, Seaplane Base

Seaplane Base (First World War)(Possible), Seaplane Base (Second World War)

Site Name Rhu, Seaplane Base

Classification Seaplane Base (First World War)(Possible), Seaplane Base (Second World War)

Canmore ID 105882

Site Number NS28SE 35

NGR NS 2755 8346

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Rhu
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Dumbarton
  • Former County Dunbartonshire

World War One Audit of Surviving Remains (10 June 2013)

During the First World War William Beardmore and Company built seaplanes at their works in Glasgow and established a seaplane slipway at Helensburgh where trials and testing were undertaken. It is likely that this slipway later became the Second World War seaplane base.

Information from HS/RCAHMS World War One Audit Project (GJB) 10 June 2013.

Archaeology Notes

NS28SE 35 2755 8346

Used by the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment from September 1939, before transferring to the Ministry of Aircraft Production in 1940, before closing in August 1945.

D J Smith 1983.

Recorded by Mr J Guy in the course of the Strathclyde Survey.

J Guy 2001; NMRS MS 810/11, Part 2, 110-111


Project (March 2013 - September 2013)

A project to characterise the quantity and quality of the Scottish resource of known surviving remains of the First World War. Carried out in partnership between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS.


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