THE BURNING OF THE 'VOLTURNO' - PAGE 12
'LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY NEWSPAPER'
OCT. 23, 1913 & OCT. 30, 1913 issues
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Here is another page of data, respecting the Volturno content of two issues of Leslie's Weekly Illustrated Newspaper, specifically the issues dated Oct. 23, 1913 & Oct. 30, 1913. Leslie's is a physically large magazine of approximately 16 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches in size, first published in 1855. Those particular issues are much sought after & very valuable indeed. Copies of them sold in early Jun. 2005: the Oct. 23rd issue for U.S. $26.00 & the Oct. 30th issue for U.S. $38.77.
As each of these site pages is created & uplinked, the webmaster must determine how best to present the data which is available. This page is a bit of a challenge.
The content of the Oct. 23rd 1913 issue, is of less than half a page, with four images & some extensive captions to those images. Only one of those images is really new to the site. That image is below, the image of the stern of Volturno.
The Oct. 30, 1913 issue however is brilliant. It contains a full page artwork of the disaster, described as being a drawing made especially for LESLIE'S by celebrated marine artist C. McKnight Smith. It is simply superb. But very big to present in these pages. The other content is of about 1/2 a page & is wonderful also. It includes an image of a youthful Captain Inch & his dog, images of Volturno's 3rd & 2nd officers Dusselmann and Lloyd, & an image of Volturno Chief Officer Miller who was lost in the first lifeboat launched. Also images of Captain Spangenburg & 2nd Officer Bremer of the Grosser Kurfürst. And a family grouping aboard Kroonland which answers questions raised elsewhere on this site re a similar image said to have been taken aboard Seydlitz. All of this imagery is quite new to the webmaster. The first images I have yet seen of Dusselmann & Miller, and of Spangenberg & Bremer. The Inch image is new also. Great material but how to best present?
So I will start along the road and see where it takes us. As the material is scanned & the page is amended and uplinked. So stay tuned as the page advances!
LESLIE'S - OCT. 23, 1913
As indicated above, the Volturno content of the Oct. 23, 1913 issue is of less than half a page. Here is a scan of that content.
You can, I believe, read every word of the above texts. But in case you cannot do so easily, here is the text of the very extensive photo captions. Along with an enlargement of the image at bottom left, i.e. of the stern of the Volturno.
WHERE THE FRIGHTENED PASSENGERS WERE HUDDLED
The stern of the "Volturno" which did not catch fire until after the passengers had all been rescued. It was then wrecked by an explosion.
FRIGHTFUL LOSS OF LIFE IN A TERRIBLE FIRE AT SEA
The "Volturno," of the Uranium Line, bound from Rotterdam to Halifax and New York, caught fire in mid-Atlantic in a terrific storm. Ten steamers, summoned by wireless, rushed to the doomed vessel and the most heroic efforts were made by boat crews during an entire afternoon and night, but the waves were mountain high. Efforts were vain until the arrival of the Standard Oil Steamer "Narragansett" laden with oil. The "Volturno" had 657 passengers and crew and 136 of these were lost in the life boats launched before the arrival of the rescuing steamers. The following st eamships surrounded the "Volturno" and remained until the gale abated and all the remaining passengers and crew were rescued : "Kroonland," "Grosser Kurfuerst," "La Touraine," "Narragansett," "New York." "Seydlitz," "Deconian," "Carmania," "Czar," "Minneapolis," and "Rappahannock."
THE FINE STEAMER WHICH REACHED THE "VOLTURNO" FIRST
The "Carmania" of the Cunard Line received the wireless call for help at 8:10 A.M. and immediately rushed at full speed to the rescue, picking up other steamers by wireless whil on the way. The "Carmania" reached the "Volturno" about noon and immediately lowered a boat crew, which was almost lost in the hopeless effort to reach the ship. About four o'clock in the afternoon the other boats began to arrive. Captain Barr ran the "Carmania" close up and acted as a breakwater while the other boats struggled at the work of rescue. During the entire night, the "Carmania's" searchlights lit up the sea. The arrival of the oil tank "Narragansett" at seven o'clock made the rescue possible by turning two large streams of oil on the raging sea. Within five minutes it was calm enough for boats to be lowered. Captain Barr directed the entire work of rescue like the admiral of a fleet and to his splendid seamanship and good judgment much of the credit is given.
THE BRAVE CAPTAIN OF THE DOOMED "VOLTURNO"
Captain Francis Inch, who drove his panic-stricken crew back to their posts with his revolver and was the last man to leave the blazing steamer. Stories of the bravery of Captain Inch and his little group of English officers were told by every one who had a coherent memory of the day and night spent in the company of death. His eyesight was seriously injured in his daring efforts to hold the flames in check and he was brought to New York in the hospital of the "Kroonland."
LESLIE'S - OCT. 30, 1913
The first item to be presented on this page re the Oct. 30, 1913 issue, must surely be the wonderful drawing by 'celebrated marine artist C. McKnight Smith'. A quite magnificent piece of work as I think you will agree. Sepia in colour. The drawing as published fills a full page & thus is large indeed (approximately 13 3/4 x almost 9 inches in size with the texts at top & bottom also), &, being so large, I am unable to scan it in a single pass. I have tried to 'knit' or 'stitch' the two scanned parts of it together as best I can. Alas you can see the join, & the register at the top of the image is not perfect when it IS perfect at the bottom. Some distortion in the scans it would seem. What I will provide is a full screen width image of result. And an image of just the Volturno. And, should you wish to see a bigger image of the work, it is available here, at the click of the mouse. But be warned! That image is very large. Do view it full size!
The work has an extensive caption and names all of the rescue vessels depicted in the image. It truly is a superb drawing.
THE SWIFT ANSWER TO THE CALL OF THE SEA - THE RESCUING FLEET WHICH RESPONDED TO THE "S.O.S." FROM THE "VOLTURNO'S" WIRELESS
A drawing made especially for LESLIE'S by the celebrated marine artist C. McKnight Smith, showing the ten steamers which rushed to the aid of the "Volturno." This is the third great triumph of wireless telegraphy on the high seas. The first was on January 23, 1909, when the "Republic" and the "Florida" collided near the Nantucket Lightship. Within ten minutes the "Baltic" knew of the disaster and all but eight of the passengers were rescued. The second triumph was when the "Titanic" was lost about a year and a half ago. The 705 lives saved from that wreck would have been lost but for the wireless call which reached the "Carpathia" in time to pick up the survivors.
The vessels in the backgound of the image are all identified. Carmania is at left & Narragansett is the vessel with the prominent black smoke pouring from its funnels. For the others I direct you to the larger image where the names can be read along the top of the page.
Again, as above, here is the text of the photo captions. Along with enlargements of a number of the images.
CAPTAIN INCH The commander of the burning steamer fought the fire and maintained discipline like a veteran. Though temporarily blinded by the heat, he worked to the end and, with his dog, was the last to leave the blazing hulk.
DUESSELMANN AND LLOYD Lloyd, the big Second Officer of the "Volturno," risked his life again and again, and finally passed to the "Grosser Kurfuerst" in a life-boat, to prove that boats could live in that sea. Third Officer Duesselmann also worked with conspicuous heroism.
THE WIRELESS MEN
The two Marconi operators on the "Volturno," whose "S.O.S." signal brought the ten rescuing ships, and who remained at their post, amid the intense heat and smoke, until their aerial finally fell and made further communication impossible.
BRAVE OFFICER LOST
Chief Officer Miller, of the "Volturno," who was in charge of that vessel's first life-boat, which was launched in a raging sea before the rescuers came. The boat was lost with all on board.
A GERMAN HERO Captain Spangenburg, of the "Grosser Kurfuerst," which saved 105 of the "Volturno's" passengers. He stood on the bridge for eighteen hours, directing the rescue work.
SAVED 34 LIVES
Second Officer Bremer, of the "Grosser Kurfuerst," who braved the sea for hours in heroic efforts to save the "Volturno's" passengers as fast as they could be persuaded to jump overboard.
WOMEN AND CHILDREN OF THE "VOLTURNO" RESCUED BY THE "KROONLAND"
The "Kroonland's" boats rescued nearly a hundred passengers at great risk and had the honor of taking off, in the last boat, Captain Inch and the heroic Chief Engineer.
We can even identify many of the survivors in that group photograph! The family grouping at centre & centre left (i.e. the older lady) is the DeGroot / Groeneveld family. And I believe that the young woman holding the baby at right is Angele Tourneur, who lost another child in the disaster under some very sad circumstances. Data about both of those families can be found low on site page 77.
And last, but certainly not least, here are the interesting covers of the 2 issues of Leslie's Illustrated Weekly Newspaper that are the subject of this page. The artwork for the left image is by famous illustrator James Montgomery Flagg. I cannot see an artist's name re the image at right, but the publication says it is 'After a photo'. Of the two covers, the one at right, i.e. that of Oct. 30, 1913, has the greater appeal to the webmaster. A giant image of that cover is available here.
If YOU have any new data about the Volturno, or in any way related to the Volturno, I would welcome your dropping me a line.
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