Aircraft carrier arrival captures social media imagination

HMS Queen Elizabeth

The amazing impact and popularity of social media continues at breakneck speed with our resident photographer Innes Marlow experiencing the full force this week – in a good way!

The world’s media gathered in Portsmouth for the arrival of Britain’s largest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, as she arrived at her new home.

But it was Innes’ dramatic image demonstrating the sheer size of the ship compared with buildings in Old Portsmouth which captured the imagination of the Facebook community.

His recce to find the best photography position the day before the ship’s arrival meant he had a unique view of her.

And the resulting images have gone viral. Within 12 hours of posting this amazing photo it had reached more than one million people. It has been shared more than 8,500 times and has been in demand from a range of publications for print and online use.

The speed of shares, likes, comments and messages has taken Innes by surprise. “I knew I had a great vantage point which really demonstrated the sheer size of the ship but I’ve been pretty amazed by how quickly it has spread around the world.

“I’ve photographed ships arriving in Portsmouth many times before so knew roughly where I wanted to be at Gunwharf Quays and judging by the success it worked!”

The vessel, which has a crew of around 700, and has a top speed in excess of 25 knots, sailed from Scotland to the south coast where it will be based before becoming fully operational in 2023.

To see more pictures of the arrival Innes has a selection online at Facebook


Lee Peck




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