Team Hawker and Grieve, Sopwith Atlantic
Hawker and Grieve were the first British team to enter the race.
Accompanied by a Rolls-Royce expert and a ‘Cinema man’ from Messers Jury’s, Hawker and Grieve departed England on 10 March 1919 on the SS Digby. After a rough crossing, they arrived at Placentia Bay in Newfoundland on 28 March. The heavy crates were then transported to St Johns by rail, road and horse drawn wagons. The best field they could find at St John's was near Mount Pearl, and still very rough, which would prove difficult for take-off, as it could not be used in certain wind directions. The Atlantic was rebuilt in about one week in a wooden hangar erected for that purpose.
With news of the arrival of the three NC Seaplanes at Trepassey, the pressure to be ready for an attempt certainly increased for the British teams. Soon after, additional news was received that one of the three NC sea planes had made it to the Azores. This news made Harry determined to take off if the weather allowed.
Learn more about this exciting expedition which occurred 100 years ago this year of 2019.
New York Times Published: May 26, 1919 Copyright © The New York Times
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