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Photograph of a picture of the barque STAR OF FRANCE

Date: c 1900
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Mr and Mrs Glassford
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: ANMS1092[022]

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    SignificanceThe Hall photographic collection provides an important pictorial record of recreational boating in Sydney Harbour from the 1890s to the 1930s. The collection documents the lively sailing scene in Sydney during this period and features images of vessels ranging from large racing and cruising yachts to the great array of skiffs and the emerging technologies of motorboats. Images of many iconic vessels are also included in this visual record.
    HistoryFull-rigged iron sailing ship STAR OF FRANCE was built by Harland & Wolff of Belfast, in 1877. The vessel was built for J.P. Corry & Co. and initially employed in the Indian jute trade before moving into the Australian wool trade. STAR OF FRANCE was first sold to the Puget Sound Commercial Company in 1898 and then in 1905 it joined the 'Star Fleet' of the Alaska Packer's Association, a large manufacturer of canned salmon. After being laid up for about seven years the vessel was converted to work as a fish barge in 1933 under the name OLYMPIC II and in 1940 was wrecked off San Pedro, Los Angeles.
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