THE BURNING OF THE 'VOLTURNO' - PAGE 31
INTERESTING BUT UNRELATED IMAGES
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The images on this page are not directly related to the Volturno disaster, but are visually interesting in view of their subject matter.
The first image is part of what is clearly a wonderful collection of ocean liner prints & posters. It comes to us from a friend of the site who has kindly provided these few images of a part of his extensive private memorabilia collection. How spectacular!
The next pair of images both originated in Illustrated London News (ILN). At left is a splendid advertisement for "Lifebuoy Soap" that was in the Dec. 21, 1901 edition of ILN. While the image at right was in the Nov. 27, 1915 ILN issue. It depicts, I understand, a failed attempt to launch a lifeboat from the Ancona, which it would appear, was torpedoed by a German U-Boat in the Mediterranean. The artist, I read, is Percy F. S. Spence. Now I have not been able to spot any references to the Ancona until I saw, in early Sep. 2003, that an engraving of the vessel appeared in the Jul. 9, 1905 edition (Issue #764) of Le Petit Journal. If my limited French is OK, it would seem that the Ancona, a British vessel apparently, was in collision with a Danish Training Ship called the Georg Stage. Not sure where. The matter is getting quite distant from my subject, which is the Volturno, but I did save the small Le Petit Journal image if someone needs it for research.
Both of these items come, in fact from the same source - items sold on e-Bay in Jun. & Jul. 2003. I trust that I may be permitted the use of these images on this non-profit & informational site. The vendor, 'Dragon Lady Auctions', of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, seems no longer to be an eBay vendor in Aug. 2009, when this site was moved to a new location.
At left are the words which appeared under the next image, of a postcard, sold on e-Bay in late 2002, I do believe.
I chose not to reduce the size of the image itself to preserve the fine detail. The lifeboat would seem to be from the Victoria, but the date of the incident, or the date of the postcard, I do not know. But while I am by no means sure, it could be this SS Victoria which sank on Mar. 3, 1891 off the Orkney Islands, Scotland. But the data in the article to which that link brings you, does not quite jive with the image. My image name indicated the card was Russian which surely makes sense in a number of ways. A dramatic image indeed and most appropriate for a site dedicated to the Volturno. 'A. DAWANT' may very well be Parisian artist Albert Pierre Dawant (1852-1923).
Since writing the above words, I have found further references to ships named the Victoria:
1) In a 1979 book entitled "The book of Shipwrecks" by Kenneth Hudson and Ann Nicholls. I read that on May 24, 1881, a grossly overloaded steamer of that name sank in the River Thames, Ontario, Canada. An estimated 600-700 persons were aboard & several hundred drowned. The book contains an image of the incident & the text re that image states that the vessel, in fact, capsized. That River Thames is not a particularly big river so that seems not to be the correct Victoria re our image. The book also indexes another Victoria with a date of 1852, but there is no Victoria mentioned on the page they reference & I cannot spot any 1852 reference to a ship of that name elsewhere in the volume. An editing error I presume.
2) And there was a British battleship, named the HMS Victoria, flagship of the British Mediterranean Fleet, that sank on Jun. 22, 1893 just 13 minutes after colliding with the HMS Camperdown. Quite a story, I read. A court martial. Great loss of life & considerable stupidity. But it is surely not the Victoria depicted below.
3) The above words were written many years ago. But now, in late Mar. 2007, I have received a message from Pauline James, of Victoria, British Columbia, who has purchased a silkscreen print of the very identical image! How interesting. And her print includes a signature of the artist together with the date '89'. And on the rear of the frame the words 'A. Dawant' and 'The Shipwreck'. I presume, therefore that the word on the image means 'Shipwreck'. Now 'shipwreck' in English translates into 'кораблекрушение' in Russian which sure looks good to me. Pauline's date of 1889 makes item 2) above quite impossible.
The following two images came from an item that I bought on e-Bay in early Aug. 2003 & will be able to tell you exactly what happened late in Dec. 1907. If, that is, my French is up to it! The best image I today have of the entire image can be seen here. Do view it full size. The vendor has a considerable ability with a scanner, it seems to me. His site can be seen here should you wish to see if he has items that would interest you.
Since writing the above words, the e-Bay item, an edition of Le Petit Journal dated Dec. 29, 1907, has safely arrived. It would seem however that the artwork is a 'generic' work, rather than a specific one. So the steamer & the incident appears not to be a specific steamer or a specific incident. Here are the two paragraphs, in French, of course, which described the image. And, while the edition lists the Le Petit Journal colour illustrations of 1907, it does not identify the artists. I will be hard pressed to provide a better image than did the vendor.
Liette Cere, of Northern Ontario, Canada, tells me that the words under the title would read in English as: "In the mist, a Transatlantic liner collides with fishing boats." Thank you Liette!
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