Battleship Helgoland Gun Turret Inkwell, 1922
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Overall: 8.5cm (3.4in) 12.5cm (4.75) x 19cm (7.5in)
A brass inkwell in the form of a twin 12-inch gun turret made by Thomas Ward (Engineering Division) of Sheffield as a promotional item from metal recovered from the scrapped Imperial German navy dreadnought. Mounted on an ebonised wood base.
Helgoland was the lead ship of her class - a dreadnought the Imperial German Navy. She was launched on 25 September 1909 and at the start of the First World War was assigned to the Kaiserliche Marine’s I Battle Squadron. In December 1914 she supported the raid on Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby. She fought at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, firing sixty-three 12-inch rounds, while sustaining only one 15-inch hit. At the end of the war her crew mutinied at Wilhelmshaven prior to an intended final fleet action. The red flag was raised at her masthead and her war-weary sailors joined the general insurrection at Kiel. Following the scuttling of the interned High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow, all four Helgoland class battleships were surrendered to the Allies as prizes of war under the Versaillles Treaty with Helgoland going to the United Kingdom. She was scrapped at Morecambe in 1921.