HMS Ark Royal Plaque and Key
A pair of souvenirs from the aircraft carrier comprising firstly, a brass plaque measuring 3.5" x 2.75" (9cm x 7 cm) removed from a DC starter, clearly embossed HMS Ark Royal and dated May 1969. The second item is a key with an unusual attached plaque indicating it fitted the lock in the Inflammable Store (I)5F. The key measures 6.25" (16cm). The Ark weighed 36, 800 tons, was launched in 1950 and was broken up in 1980 after a distinguished career. No doubt these souvenirs were acquired at that time perhaps by a crew member. Original Ark Royal items do not stay with us long, so grab them while you can.