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The plaques were commissioned for the ship with fixing holes to attach to the superstructure and are from the Royal Navy battleship, HMS Africa, a pre-dreadnought battleship of the King Edward V11 class and launched in 1906. HMS Africa served in the Atlantic Fleet, the Mediterranean and off South America and was flagship to Vice Admiral William Henry May. HMS Africa was the first ship to successfully launch a plane from deck in 1912.
Captain Arthur Leveson whose name is cast into the reverse of the plaques, commanded HMS Africa from1909 into the early years of WW1. He was mentioned in despatches, promoted Admiral and became Aide de camp to King George V. it is likely he had the plaques cast in the navy dockyards to mount on the superstructure of his new command and retrieved them for his personal collection at the end of service.
|Height||66.00 cm||(25.98 inches)|
|Width||75.00 cm||(29.53 inches)|
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