Gisborough Moor

That’s Gisborough without the ‘u’. Sometime in the distant past the moor, hall and lord have lost their ‘u’.

Gisborough Moor may have been the scene of an airship crash in 1921. R34 was a former Royal Navy airship that had recently been converted to civilian use. It was returning from trials over the North Sea in the early hours of 28th January 1921 when it hit high ground at 1200 feet on the moor south of Guisborough. With two propellers out of action the crew managed to fly the airship back to its base at Howden in East Yorkshire but further damage was incurred in docking and R34 was eventually written off.

There is a slight problem in in this history in that Gisborough Moor is only 1061 feet high. You have to travel a good five miles further south to reach land at 1200 feet. There is speculation that the high ground was actually Roseberry Topping but even that is not 1200 feet.

It’s hard to visualise how just how big R34 was. It was 643 feet long, 79 feet in diameter and had a top speed of 62mph. It’s nick-name was “Tiny” and in 1919 it had made the first East-West crossing of the Atlantic just a  weeks after the first transatlantic aeroplane flight.

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