15 July 1915 – West Coast Airship base established

The first permanent airship base on the West Coast was established today at Luce Bay,
5 miles from Stranraer Harbour railway station. This will provide a base for anti-submarine patrols of the North Channel of the Irish Sea.

The aerodrome occupies an area of about 180 hectares, measuring a maximum of 2075m by 1400m. The station’s buildings are concentrated along the western boundary of the aerodrome, apart from the enormous airship shed (measuring 92m by 21m by 15m high) and its ancillary plant (such as the gas plant and a 283 cubic metre storage tank). There is accommodation for four airships.

250 personnel, of whom 37 are women, are accommodated on site.

A portable shed for emergency landings will be set up at Larne on the Irish coast.


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