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White Star Line training ship MERSEY

Date: c 1911
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Mr and Mrs Glassford
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: ANMS1092[229]

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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.
    HistoryThe iron-hulled ship MERSEY was built in 1894 by Charles Connell & Co., of Glasgow, for the Nourse Line. The vessel was named after the River Mersey in England and was employed in the transport of labourers to British colonies.

    In 1908 MERSEY was sold and joined the British shipping company White Star Line as a training ship. In 1910 MERSEY was the first training ship to be fitted with a radio and in January 1911 the ship visited Sydney.

    In 1915 White Star Line sold MERSEY to the Norwegian company Transatlantic Motorship Co., who renamed the vessel CHRISTIAN RADICH. The ship was scrapped in 1923.

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