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Rowboats and vessels, Sydney Harbour

Rowboats and vessels, Sydney Harbour
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This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s William Hall collection. The Hall collection combines photographs from both William J Hall and his father William Frederick Hall. The images provide an important pictorial record of recreational boating in Sydney Harbour, from the 1890s to the 1930s – from large racing and cruising yachts, to the many and varied skiffs jostling on the harbour, to the new phenomenon of motor boating in the early twentieth century. The collection also includes studio portraits and images of the many spectators and crowds who followed the sailing races.

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Object number: ANMS1092[258]
Date: 2012-10-29 08:13:14

SYDNEY HARBOUR SYDNEY William Hall collection william hall sailing row row boat rowing Ship Governor General Loudon Krakatoa

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Aha! The ship's name ...

Quite Interesting ...

It is the GOV[ERNOR] GEN[ERAL] LOUDON, " ... a mail steamer and excursion vessel operated by the Netherlands Indies Steamship Company. The vessel was built by Caird & Company of Greenock, Scotland in 1875 and, after surviving the tsunamis caused by the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, was lost off the Tengga Batoe reef south of Saleier in 1898.

"In 1883, while captained by Johan Lindemann, the ship was present at the eruption of Krakatoa and survived the subsequent tsunami when the captain steered the ship head on into the wave. After the wave passed, pyroclastic airfall was the ship's biggest enemy. A depth of 1 foot of ash could have made the ship capsize, but the people onboard survived because the crew kept the decks clear while the captain moved the passengers into the ship's hold to maintain stability. ... "
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BeachcomberAustralia 2012-10-29 16:00:10
Watch the movie of this ship in the Krakatoa ash fall (!) -
BeachcomberAustralia 2012-10-29 16:21:53
I can't find any mention of the 'Governor General Loudon' during the 1890s in Trove, even trying various spellings, so I am not sure what the occasion is.

BeachcomberAustralia 2012-10-29 16:29:21
It doesn't look like Sydney harbour - wondering if it is in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), maybe Batavia / Jakarta. The fellows in the small boats look 'ethnic'?
BeachcomberAustralia 2012-10-29 16:41:00
[] Yes you are right again :) It does look likely to be Batavia, and the flags in the foreground remarkably like Dutch East India flags. Then that begs the question of how Hall came to be there at that time.
Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons 2012-10-30 06:47:04
[] PS fascinating stuff re Krakatoa incident, just reading the Captain's log through Discovery Channel now.
Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons 2012-10-30 07:12:52

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