1924 British attempt to fly around the world

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 23:56

Photo courtesy of Henry Ching:

This photo is of one of the planes (piloted by Capt. McLaren) that took part in the British attempt at a world flight, again in 1924, which was not successful – presumably taken in HK, but I’m not sure.

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Although the British attempt was unsuccessful, the amphibian touched down in the Harbour on 30 June 1924. The island in the foreground with the house on top is Stonecutters Island. The phtographer was looking south west towards Stonecutters and the western end of Hong Kong Island (Mount Davis) with the little islamd, Green Island on the right.

I am the grand-daughter of Major Stuart MacLaren who was the leader of this attempt to fly round the world in 1924 in this Vickers Vulture amphibious plane.  I am pretty sure this photograph is taken in Hong Kong as I have another one of them arriving on the water at Stonecutters Island on 30th June 1924 at 5.12pm.  I have done a huge amount of research about the flight and obtained many photographs from around the world to add to my collection.  Of course, I would be so pleased if you would let me know how you obtained this photograph, and if it would be possible to have a copy of it.



Recently found album with photo of plane and comment "McLaren at Pagoda". This would have been at Pagoda Anchorage, Min River, Foochow.  I am assuming that it must be the 1924 world flight attempt - it is within the time period of the other photos. Do you think this is the same plane?

McLaren at Pagoda Anchorage, Foochow
McLaren at Pagoda Anchorage, Foochow, by Helbling family photograph