Short No. 42 converted to a landplane. This machine commenced its career in the Naval Wing of the R.F.C. (as it was then known) at the Seaplane Station, Leven, Fifeshire, in July 1913 under Maj. R. Gordon, R.M.L.I., and was converted to a landplane at Dundee in the summer of 1914 and flown from a small strip at the Seaplane Station, Dundee, by.Maj. Gordon.
A small party left Eastchurch in July 1913 to open the seaplane base at Leven, the complement of machines being Short seaplane No. 42, one Borel monoplane on floats and later one Henri Farman seaplane.