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London Summer Olympics Torch Relay

The 1948 Summer Olympic Torch Relay Route

Greece - the Flame went direct from Olympia to the coast at Katakolon, then 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 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, Maid
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