~ HMS Centaur Silver Plate Ashtray ~
The ashtray has a plain finish with the enamelled ships badge to the centre.
~ HMS Centaur ~
HMS Centaur was the first of the four Centaur-class light fleet carriers of the Royal Navy. She was the only ship of her class to be completed with the original design configuration of a straight axial flight deck, rather than the newly invented angled flight decks of her three later sister ships. She was laid down in 1944 in Belfast, with the contract being awarded to Harland and Wolff, but not launched until 22 April 1947 due to delays relating to the end of the war. She was commissioned on 1 September 1953, a gap of almost nine years from when she was laid down in 1944.
Centaur saw service throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. Due to budgetary issues Centaur was not converted to a commando carrier like two of her sister ships. Centaur was withdrawn from service in August 1965 and sold for scrapping in 1972.
~ Condition ~
The ashtray is in very good order. The enamel is complete.
~ Dimensions ~
The ashtray is 10.5 cm (4.25 inches) square.
HMS Centaur Silver Plate Ashtray