~ Bronze Tread Plate From The Battleship HMS Anson (79) 1942 ~
The bronze tread plate bears the ships name, has a chequered surround and is infilled with red paint. It is screwed down onto an backing board made from oak.
~ HMS Anson ~
HMS Anson was a King George V-class battleship of the Royal Navy, named after Admiral George Anson. She was built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Shipyard and launched on 24 February 1940, being completed on 22 June 1942. Her completion was delayed to allow the fitting of fire-control radar and additional anti-aircraft weapons. She was originally to have been named Jellicoe, but was renamed Anson in February 1940.
Anson saw service in the Second World War, escorting nine Russian convoys in the Arctic by December 1943. She took part in diversionary moves to draw attention away from Operation Husky in July 1943. In October the same year she took part in Operation Leader. In February 1944 she provided cover for Operation Tungsten, the successful air strike against the German battleship Tirpitz. Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt accepted the surrender of Japanese forces occupying Hong Kong on board Anson in August 1945, and after the end of the war the vessel became the flagship of the 1st Battle Squadron of the British Pacific Fleet.
Anson arrived back in British waters on 29 July 1946, spending the next three years in active service with the post-war navy. She was finally placed in reserve and “mothballed” in 1949, spending eight years in this condition. On 17 December 1957 she was purchased for scrap by Shipbreaking Industries, Faslane.
~ Condition ~
The tread plate and backing board are in good order.
~ Dimensions ~
The tread plate is 92 cm (36.25 inches) wide by 32.5 cm (12.75 inches) deep and 1.25 cm (0.5 inches) thick.
The wooden backing board adds 1.25 cm (0.5 inches) to the width and depth and is 2.5 cm (1 inches) thick.
It weighs 27 Kg approximately.