1948 olympic torch - rare - unused in mint condition with burner intact
1948 Olympic Torch - Unused in Mint Condition with burner intact. Made for the Italian leg of the torch relay. General torch and torch relay information 1948 Description: Inscription: "XIV OLYMPIAD 1948, OLYMPIA TO LONDON, WITH THANKS TO THE BEARER". Cut-out rings over London Olympiad legend at top. Material Aluminum alloy; Fuel: Magnesium-based fuel; Torch measure: Lenght: 47 cm Weight: 960 gr Torches total: 1,688 Design by: Ralph Lavers Manufacturer: Date of the torch relay: 17. July - 29. Juli 1948 Duration: 12 days Numbers of runners: 1,416 Distance total: 3.160 km Name of the last runner: John Marks Organisation of Runners-Route of the Relay The most direct route from Greece to England was to have been used. This meant a sea passage from Greece to Italy, thence through Switzerland and France, and a sea passage to England. However, two additional countries, Luxembourg and Belgium, asked if the Flame could pass through their territory, and this was agreed. The exact route to be followed was fixed with the Olympic Committees of the countries concerned and the final route decided upon was as follows : Greece.-Owing to the unsettled state of the country the Flame went direct from Olympia to the coast at Katakolon, thence by Greek warship to the island of Corfu. Adriatic.-The Admiralty willingly gave their co-operation in providing warships to make the sea passages. From Corfu, H.M.S. Whitesand Bay, a frigate of the Mediterranean Fleet, carried the Flame to Bari in Italy. Though this passage was planned to take only 22 hours, H.M.S. Whitesand Bay, had to be ready to carry the Flame for a period of up to 48 hours in case there was a last minute change of route in Greece. It was therefore decided that she should burn a gas Flame, and a special burner for this was made by Spencers (London), Ltd. It was fed with butane gas, the same fuel as was used for the Flame at Wembley and Torquay. The burner, piping and gas cylinders were sent to the Mediterranean by the Admiralty, being shipped in H.M.S. Liverpool in April, 1948, when she also took the torches for Greece. Italy.-Bari, Foggia, Pescara, Ancona, Rimini, Bologna, Parma, Piacenza, Milan, Domodossola, the Simplon Pass. Switzerland.-Brig, Martigny, Montreux, Lausanne, Geneva, Perly. France.-St. Julien en Genevois, Belgarde, Nantua, Lons-le-Saulnier, Poligny, Besancon, Vesoul, Epinal, Nancy, Metz, Thionville, Evrange. Luxembourg.-Frisange, Esch, Luxembourg City, Ettelbruck, Wiltz. Belgium.-Bras, Bastogne, Marche, Namur, Brussels, Renaix, Tournai, Hertain. France.-Lille, Armentieres, St. Omer, Calais. English Channel.-H.M.S. Bicester, a destroyer of the Nore Command, was detailed to carry the Flame from Calais to Dover. England.-The route from Dover to Wembley passed through the following towns :- Dover, Canterbury, Charing, Maidstone, Westerham, Redhill, Reigate, Dorking, Guildford, Bagshot, Ascot, Windsor, Slough, and Uxbridge.
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