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Airship Sheds
United Kingdom - List of Bases and Mooring Out Sites


Country : United Kingdom & Ireland Locations: various country wide
 
During the rapid expansion of the airship service during 1914 -18 the decision was made for as many mooring out sites for the servicing and supply of the scout ships, and later larger non rigids and rigid airships. Below is a list of most of the mooring out sites in the UK and Ireland during this time, some of which later became airship station locatiions.
 

ANGLESEY

(Llangfni) 3 miles from Llangfni railway station and 5 miles from Gaerwen railway station
106/114 : (23) SH 437758 : Isle of Anglesey (Gwynedd), Wales : 242 acres : 1600 x 1200 yards : 185 feet amsl.
Class B Airship Station (with sub-station at Malahide) for non-rigid airships RNAS/RAF 26.9.1915 – 1919 : Temporary Marine Operation Station RAF 6.1918 – 8.1918.


AULDBAR

(Montrose) 3¾ miles from Auldbar Road railway station and east of the Auldbar – Brechin road
50/54 : (37) NO 570560A : Forfarshire (Grampian), Scotland.
Mooring out station (sub-station to Longside) for non-rigid airships RAF 31.7.1918 – 1919.


BALLYLIFFAN

55º17’25”N 07º23’00”W : County Down, Ireland.
Airship Station for non-rigid airships (sub-station to Luce Bay) under construction for RAF 1918.


BARKING

(Creekmouth)
161/177 : (51) TQ 450830 : Essex (London Borough of Barking).
Private airship station taken over by RNAS 6.1916 for the unrealised construction of the MacMechan airship.


BARLOW

(Selby) 3 miles from Selby railway station
95/105 : (44) SE 660294 : Yorkshire, West Riding (North Yorkshire) : 880 acres : 3760 x 2260 yards.
Airship Construction Station RNAS/RAF leased to Sir WG Armstrong Whitworth & Co Ltd for the construction and testing of rigid airships 1916 – 1920. Relinquishment confirmed 11.8.1921.


BARROW-IN-FURNESS

(Cavendish Dock)
88/96 : (34) SD 215683 : Lancashire (Cumbria) : Dock area 142 acres.
Airship Construction Station for Vickers Sons & Maxim : Base for hydro-aeroplane experiments under the auspices of HMS Hermione Flying Club, that was formed for the purpose.


BARROW-IN-FURNESS

(Walney Island) 1½ miles from Barrow Central railway station
88/96 : (34) SD 175700 : Lancashire (Cumbria) : 325 acres : 1730 x 1186 yards : 25 feet amsl.
Airship Construction Station RNAS/RAF leased to Vickers Ltd for the construction of rigid airships 6.1914 – 4.1921 : Relinquishment confirmed 25.8.1921.


BEDFORD (Cardington)

3 miles from Bedford railway station
147/153 : (52) TL 085465 : Bedfordshire : 1064 acres : 3150 x 230 yards.
Airship Construction Station RNAS/RAF leased to Short Bros for the construction of rigid airships 1917 – continued in service.


BUDE

174/190 : (21) SS 238013 : Cornwall.
Mooring our station (sub-station to Mullion) for non-rigid airships RAF 1918 – 1919.


CALDALE

no railways on island, boat to Thurso on mainland Scotland
06/06 : (N30) HY 417105 : Mainland, Orkney Islands : 146 acres.
Class B Airship Station and Kite Balloon Base RNAS/RAF 7.1916 – 1919.


CAPEL

(Capel-le-Ferne/Folkestone) 2 miles from Folkestone Junction railway station
173/179 : (61) TR260390 : Kent : 124 acres : 960 x 780 yards : 465 feet amsl.
Class C Airship Station (with sub-stations at Godmersham Park, Wittersham and Boulogne) for non-rigid airships RNAS/RAF 5.1915 – 8.1920.


CHATHILL


71/75 : (46) NU 193273 : Northumberland
Mooring out station (sub-station to East Fortune) for non-rigid airships RAF 22.7.1918 – 1919.


CRAMLINGTON II

Cramlington railway station adjoined the site
78/88 : (45) NZ 254782 : Northumberland : 57 acres : 870 x 680 yards : 200 feet amsl
Class D Airship Station under construction at the time of the Armistice.


CRANWELL

(HMS Daedalus) 4 miles from Sleaford railway station and 4 miles from Caythorpe railway station
113/130 : (53 TF 010510 (North aerodrome) and TF 015490 (South aerodrome) : Lincolnshire : 2466 acres (combined area) : 4200 x 2800 yards (combined dimensions) : 200 feet amsl (North aerodrome) and 220 feet amsl (South aerodrome).

Aeroplane School (Central Training Establishment) RNAS using both aerodromes 4.1916 – 4.1918 : Kite Balloon Training Depot and Free Balloon Training Depot RNAS/RAF (using North aerodrome)4.1916 – 1919 : Class G Airship Training Station RNAS/RAF 3.1916 – 1919 (using North aerodrome) : Boys Training Wing, Physical Training School and Boy Apprentices School RNAS/RAF (using South aerodrome) 1916 – continued in service : TDS and ARD RAF 4.1918 – 3.1919. RAF (Cadet) College 23.12.1919 – continued in service : Listed as unavailable for civilian use 22.1.1920


CROMER


126/133 : (63) TG 2—4-- : Norfolk.
Proposed airship station RNAS. Acquisition of land and construction of an airship shed was sanctioned in 12.1913. Only half the cost of the shed was provided in fiscal year 1914 – 1915. As late as 6.1915, the Admiralty was endeavouring to ascertain the situation at Cromer. Nothing was heard and the planned station was apparently abandoned.


EAST FORTUNE

East Fortune railway station adjoined the site
63/66 : (36) NT 550785 : East Lothian (Lothian), Scotland : 1330 acres : 4000 x 2700 yards : 100 feet amsl.
HD Flight Station RNAS 1916 : Class G Airship Station (with sub-station at Chathill) for non-rigid airships RNAS/RAF 23.8.1916 – 1920 : Airship Station for rigid airships RNAS 10.1917 – 1920 : Fleet Aeroplane Base RNAS/RAF 11.1916 – 1918 : Flying School and Training Depot Station RAF 6.1918 – 1920 : Relinquishment confirmed 18.3.1920.


FARNBOROUGH

2 miles from Farnborough railway station
169/186 : (41) SU 865542 : Hampshire : 286 acres : 220 feet amsl.
Balloon Factory RE 1905 – 9112 : Royal Aircraft factory 5.1912 – 4.1918 : Training Squadron Station, HD Station, School, Depot, Aircraft Park, Record Office, ARD & ERD RFC/RAF 5.1912 – continued in service : Royal Aircraft Establishment 4.1918 – 3.1994 : Listed as unavailable for civilian use 22.1.1920.


FLOOKBURGH

88/96 : (34) SD 374745 : Lancashire (Cumbria).
Airship Construction Station under construction for Vickers Ltd and to replace Walney Island which was considered vulnerable to U-boat attack. Work was abandoned 9.1917 due to steel shortages and cost – expenditure to date was £ 800000.


GODMERSHAM PARK

172/179 : (61) TR 049504 : Kent.
Airship Moorings (sub-station to Capel-le-Ferne) RNAS/RAF 1918 – 28.2.1919.


HOWDEN

1½ miles from Howden railway station
97/105 : (44) SE 750328 : Yorkshire, East Riding (Humberside) : 1240 acres : 3100 x 2600 yards : 18 feet amsl.
HD NLG for 33 (HD) Sqn RFC 1916 : Class G Airship Station (with sub-stations at Lowthorpe and Kirkleatham) for non-rigid airships RNAS/RAF 3.1916 – 1919 : Airship Station for rigid airships RNAS/RAF 12.1916 – 9.1921 : Listed as unavailable for civilian use 22.1.1920.


INCHINNAN

6 miles from Glasgow railway station and 1 mile from Honston railway station
60/64 : (26) NS 476682 : Renfrewshire (Strathclyde), Scotland : 413 acres : 1830 x 1400 yards.
Manufacturer’s aerodrome for Wm Beardmore & Co Ltd, ex Dalmuir, 1916 – 1919 : Manufacturer’s Airship Station for rigid airhip construction by Wm Beardmore & Co Ltd : AAP RFC/RAF 1917 – 1918 (replaced by Renfrew). Relinquished 5.1920.


KILLARNEY

52º04’00”N 09º30’00”W : County Kerry, Ireland.
Proposed Airship Station RNAS (no evidence of construction).


KILLEAGH

1½ miles from Killeagh railway station
51º55’52”N 07º56’30”W : County Cork, Ireland : 361 acres : 2000 x 1040 yards.
Class G Airship Station under construction but not completed for rigid and non-rigid airships RAF 1918 – 1919 and held until 1921.


KINGNORTH

(Hoo/Chatham) Beluncle railway halt adjacent to the site
172/178 ; (51) TQ 800727 : Isle of Grain, Kent : 570 acres : 2566 x 1700 yards.
Class G Airship Station for the construction and assembly of non-rigid airships RNAS 3.1914 – 1920 : Relinquishment confirmed 25.8.1921.


KIRKLEATHAM (Redcar)

86/94 : (45) NZ 590220 : Yorkshire, North Riding (Cleveland/Borough of Redcar & Cleveland)
Mooring out station (sub-station to Howden) for non-rigid airships RAF 4.6.1918 – 1919


LAIRA

187/201 : (20) SX 510550 : Devonshire.
Airship Moorings (sub-station to Mullion) for non-rigid airships RAF 5.1918 – 1919 after initial RNAS mooring experiments there 3.1918.


LARNE (White Head)

5446’00”N 0543’35”W : County Antrim, Ireland.
Class A Airship Station (sub-station to Luce Bay) for non-rigid airships RNAS/RAF 1917 – 1919 : Relinquishment notified 20.2.1920.


LONGSIDE (Peterhead/Lenabo)

4 miles from Longside railway station
31/30 : (48) NK 030421 : Aberdeenshire (Grampian), Scotland : 950 acres : 2730 x 2330 yards : 200 feet amsl.
Class G Airship Station (with sub-station at Auldbar) for non-rigid airships RNAS/RAF 3.1916 – 1919 : Temporary Marine Operations Station RAF 11.1918 – 12.1918 : Relinquishment confirmed 10.3.1921.


LOUGH NEAGH

54º34’28”N 06º16’15”W : County Antrim, Ireland.
Proposed RNAS airship station 1916 but never built.


LOWTHORPE

99/101 : (54) TA 070610 : Yorkshire, East Riding (Humberside).
Airship Moorings (sub-station to Howden) for non-rigid airships RAF 6.5.1918 – 1919.


LUCE BAY

5 miles from Stranraer Harbour railway station
79/82 : (25) NX 120550 : Wigtownshire (Dumfries & Galloway), Scotland : 444 acres : 2270 x 1530 yards : 41 feet amsl.
Class B Airship Station (sub-stations at Ballyliffan, Larne, Machrihanish and Ramsey) for non-rigid airships RNAS 15.7.1915 – 5.1919 : Marine Operations Station RAF 6.1918 – 3.1919.


MALAHIDE

53º26’40”N 06º09’00”W : County Dublin, Ireland.
Airship Moorings (sub-station to Anglesey) for non-rigid airships RAF 5.1918 – 1919.


MORETON (Dorchester)

1mile from Moreton railway station
178/194 : (30) SY 764895 : Dorsetshire : 355 acres : 1930 x 1330 yards : 170 feet amsl.
Airship Station RAF for non-rigid airships, under construction 1918 but not completed.


MULLION

5 miles from Helston railway station
190/203 : (10) SW 705210 : Cornwall : 320 acres : 1933 x 1100 yards : 304 feet amsl.
Class F Airship Station (with sub-stations at Bude, Laira, Toller and Tresco) for non-rigid airships RNAS/RAF 6.1916 – 1919 : Marine Operations Station RNAS 4.1917 – 8.1917 : Marine Operations Station RNAS/RAF 12.1917 – 5.1919


PEMBROKE

5 miles from Tenby railway station and 4½ miles from Pembroke Dock railway station
151/157 : (22) SN 054030 : Pembrokeshire (Dyfed), Wales : 272 acres : 1700 x 1100 yards : 83 feet amsl.
Class C Airship Station (with sub-station at Wexford) for non-rigid airships RNAS/RAF 1.1916 – 1,1919 : Marine Operations Station RAF 5.1918 – 1.1919 : Relinquishment confirmed 18.3.1920.


POLEGATE

1 mile from Polegate railway station
183/199 : (51) TQ 581035 : Sussex : 142 acres : 970 x 830 yards.
Class C Airship Station (with sub-stations at Slindon and Upton) for non-rigid airships RNAS/RAF 6.7.1915 – 1919.


PULHAM ST MARY

¾ mile from Pulham St Mary railway station
137/156 : (62) TM 194836 : Norfolk : 920 acres : 2600 x 2330 yards..
Class G Airship Station for non-rigid airships on Marine Operations RNAS/RAF 2.1916 – 1918 : Airship Experimental Station for rigid airships RNAS/RAF 2.1918 – continued in service.


RAMSEY

87/95 : (24) SC 417962A : Isle of Man.
Airship moorings (sub-station to Luce Bay) for non-rigid airships RAF 1918.


SLINDON

181/197 : (41) SU 952104 : Sussex.
Airship moorings (sub-station to Polegate) RAF 1918 – 1919.


TOLLER (Bridport)

177/193 : (30) SY 540980 : Dorsetshire.
Airship Moorings (sub-station to Mullion) RAF 1918.


TRESCO (Abbey Wood)
boat to Penzance railway station
189/203 : (00) SV 895145 : Isles of Scilly.
Airship Moorings (sub-station to Mullion) RAF 1918.


UPTON

179/195 : (30) SY 990930 : Dorsetshire.
Airship Moorings (sub-station to Polegate) for non-rigid airships RAF 1918 – 1919.


WEXFORD (Johnstown Castle)
4½ miles from Wexford railway station
52º17’42”N 06º30’56”W : County Wexford, Ireland.
Airship Moorings (sub-station to Pembroke) US Navy 1918.


WITTERSHAM

184/189 : (51) TQ 886281 : Kent.
Airship Moorings (sub-station to Capel-le-Ferne) RAF 1918 – 31.3.1919.


WORMWOOD SCRUBS
(HMS President) ½ mile from Wormwood Scrubs railway station
160/176 : (51) TQ 225818 : Middlesex (London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham) : 30 acres : 666 x 286 yards.
Stores Depot RNAS 4.1915 – 10.1915 : Airship pilots school and depot for the construction of non-rigid airships RNAS/RAF 9.1915 – 1919 : Repair Depot (MT) 1918 – 1919 : Relinquishment confirmed 7.4.1921.
 
     

 

         
 

 

 

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