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A First World War Thornycroft Presentation Model, 1917
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A First World War Thornycroft Presentation Model, 1917

Measurements: Height: 14.5cm (5.5in)



Brass. A manufacturer’s presentation model of a Thornycroft Depth Charge Thrower Mk.IV. The thrower inscribed 'Thornycroft Patent' to one side and bearing a crowned G.V.R. cypher to the other. Mounted on an ebonised base applied with an engraved brass plaque inscribed ‘Thornycroft-Gosport / Depth-Charge Thrower MK IV’,

The Thornycroft Depth Charge Thrower was developed from a variety of howitzers and bomb throwers and entered service in August 1917. It had the capacity to project a barrel-bomb type charge between fifty and eighty yards to the ship’s side. The combination of throwers and roll-off racks mounted in pairs on the stern, allowed an antisubmarine vessels to fire patterns of charges around a submarine and thus greatly increase the danger zone. Despite the limitations of First World War methods of U-boat detection, depth charges were remarkably effective, sinking thirty U-boats between 1916 and 1918.