AlanH. Yes, much more likely- I was an apprentice Fitter & Sheet Metal Worker- as a/c are basically sheet metal. Your last sentence is very pertinent for there is no museum - or even an area at Rochester M.- that caters for the 2nd largest employer in the Medway towns - thousands!- ( &, with the Sunderland, a most important contibutor to the " Battle of the Atlantic"). CAT. Yes, all painstakingly done by hand. Your - AHIY was the last of 12 Solents made at Rochester. These were Mk.2's & there were 5 conversions from Seafords (Mk.3's); 4 at Belfast, 1 at Hamble. Finally, 4 Solent 4's built at Belfast. BOAC & T(asman) E(mpire) A(irways) L(td.) were the initial owners. BOAC flying a scheduled route 3 times a week from Southampton to Johannesburg via the Nile & E. Africa - carrying 34 passengers it was a 4 day trip, incl. overnight stops - which ended on 10th Nov. 1950?; end of BOAC flying boat ops. TEAL had 5 Solents on scheduled services between Sydney, Fiji & Auckland - carrying 45 passengers - between 1949 & Sept.'60. Several Solents were sold 2nd hand to Aquila Airways who operated schedule services between Southampton & Madeira & the Canary Islands and Trans Oceanatic (Oz) & South Pacific (USA).