The Flying Submarine
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Inside Franklin Shiphouse
Strawbery Banke Presents

Even this fully inflated blimp did not fill the massive Franklin Shiphouse, once among the largest wooden buildings in the world. In 1915 a German contractor borrowed the building to inflate his experimental balloon at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Built in 1836 the shiphouse was consumed by a massive fire exactly 100 years later.

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Blimp at Navy Yard

Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
(c) Strawbery Banke Museum . All rights reserved.

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