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Two men scraping rust from the hull of a ship, possibly French warship BELLATRIX

Date: 1930-1932
Medium: Glass plate negative
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00034675
Related Place:Waterview Bay,

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    This image possibly depicts two men scraping rust from the hull of the naval sloop BELLATRIX at Morts Dock in Balmain. The vessel visited Sydney in December 1929, December 1930 and July 1932 and was commanded by Commander Jells, Captain M Bastard and Commandant Constantan respectively. Each time, it docked in Morts Dock in Balmain for its 'annual overhaul' (The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 February 1931). Newspapers provided photographs of French and Pacific Islander sailors and crew at work during each stay in Sydney.
    SignificanceThe Samuel J Hood photographic collection records an extensive range of maritime activity on Sydney Harbour, including sail and steam ships, crew portraits, crews at work, ship interiors, stevedores loading and unloading cargo, port scenes, pleasure boats and harbourside social activities from the 1890s through to the 1950s. They are also highly competent artistic studies and views - Hood was regarded as an important figure in early Australian photojournalism. Hood’s maritime photographs are one of the most significant collections of such work in Australia.
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    Primary title: TWO MEN SCRAPING RUST FROM HULL

    Web title: Two men scraping rust from the hull of a ship, possibly French warship BELLATRIX

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