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59* RMS ‘Niagara’. A photograph album, compiled by a female passenger onboard RMS ‘Niagara’, 1937-38, a total of 75 cornermounted mostly snapshot photographs including photographs of three of the ship’s pursers, ‘Crossing the line, Monday May 24th 1937’, a snapshot of Al Blatch (lightweight boxing champion of Australia), Mr Ashdon, views in the Rocky Mountains while travelling on the Canadian Pacific Railway, photographs in Toronto and at Niagara Falls, plus photographs at St Andrews, two larger-format group portraits of the American and British Walker Cup golf teams, June 1938, scenes in London, etc., mostly 5 x 8cm and some larger, ink captions to mounts, contemporary reversed calf with handpainted picture of RMS Niagara to upper cover, skilfully rebacked and refurbished with new decorative endpapers, leather spine tie, oblong small folio RMS Niagara was launched in 1912 and owned by the Union Steamship Company intended for the Austria-Vancouver, Canada service. She was nicknamed ‘the Titanic of the Pacific’, but after the sinking of the RMS TItanic this was dropped in favour of ‘Queen of the Pacific’. On 19 June 1940 she had just left Auckland when she struck a mine laid by the German auxiliary cruiser Orion. She sank with a large consignment of gold from the Bank of England in her strong room. Most of the gold was recovered during salvage operations in the 1940s and 1950s. (1) £100 - £150

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60* Ruhleben POW Camp. A collection of WWI photographic postcards of the WWI prisoner of war camp Ruhleben, Germany compiled by Thomas Howat, comprising approx. 600 in two albums, showing theatre performances, backstage and preparation, roll call, general camp life, POW made souvenirs including model engines and boats, camp horticulture, interior images of offices, workshops, canteen, barbers, inmates (some signed), together with travelling permit for Howat to travel from Cologne to Ostend from 4 June to 4 September 1919, an identity card with a small photograph of Howat, a drawing of berth 5A showing Howat and his fellow POWs in their beds and other personal paperwork all kept within a Ruhleben Camp official wallet Thomas Howat was born in Glasgow in 1888, during his time at Ruhleben he was actively involved in creating a rose garden and growing all types of vegetables and plants including 52 types of sweet peas. Ruhleben was described as a little England in the middle of Germany, the camp formed a Horticultural Society and applied for RHS affiliation. Thomas Howat was the secretary and wrote to RHS Wisley ‘we are unable of course to remit the usual fee, but trust this is no hindrance’. RHS Wisley replied ‘Absolutely not!’ and soon they had 943 members (almost 20% of the camp population). (2) £700 - £1,000

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Dominic Winter  

Military, Aviation & Transport History | 16 May 2019 | High Res

Dominic Winter  

Military, Aviation & Transport History | 16 May 2019 | High Res