Thornycroft

Housed at the Gallery in close co-operation with the Nelson Boat Owners Group, the Thornycroft Collection consists of documents, photographs, diaries, plans, models, books and other artefacts from the early days of the Thornycroft company’s arrival in the Solent in the early part of the 20th century.  As well as providing some material for display, it is available for research purposes by prior arrangement with the Gallery archivists.

Grandfather with Water Lily on the Thames
Grandfather with Water Lily on the Thames
Sir John with tank models
Sir John with tank models

Test tank models with Olympic Gold Medal certificate on display

Tom, Monaco, 1908
Tom, Monaco, 1908
Building the test tank, 1906
Building the test tank, 1906

The pond in the garden at Bembridge

Sir John by the test tank
Sir John by the test tank
Blanche using the test tank
Blanche using the test tank
30 knots hydroplane
30 knots hydroplane

Sir John with Tom and Blanche

Early hovercraft?
Early hovercraft?
Torpedo boat 1910
Torpedo boat 1910
The 1912 test tank, Bembridge
The 1912 test tank, Bembridge
After the fire 1912
After the fire 1912

Tom sitting on the wreckage, Bembridge

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Sheldrake
Sheldrake
German officers examining a damaged CMB
German officers examining a damaged CMB
Coastal Motor Boat
Coastal Motor Boat
Tom and Uffa and crew, 14's
Tom and Uffa and crew, 14's
Tom and Uffa with trophies
Tom and Uffa with trophies
King Duck
King Duck