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Steam vessel and GUSTAV passing through Glebe Island Bridge, departing Blackwattle or Rozelle Bay

Date: December 1926
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: 00024603
Place Manufactured:Johnstons Bay
Related Place:Glebe, Blackwattle Bay,

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    Description
    This photograph depicts the German four-masted barque GUSTAV passing through Glebe Island Bridge coming from Blackwattle or Rozelle Bay. The barque is in ballast, as evidenced by the low waterline, and is likely to have discharged its cargo in Blackwattle or Rozelle Bay. As a result, this photograph was probably taken shortly after its arrival in December 1926.
    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.
    HistoryThe four-masted steel barque AUSTRASIA was built for J and W Goffey of Liverpool by Russell and Company in Glasgow in 1892. In May 1910, it was sold to Aug Bolten of Hamburg, Germany and renamed GUSTAV. It was sold again in 1913 to Vinnen Gebr of Hamburg. On 19 December 1926, GUSTAV arrived in Sydney after a 14-day voyage from Auckland. The barque anchored in Rose Bay to load a full cargo of wheat. On 1 February 1927 the barque sailed for the United Kingdom. Later that year, GUSTAV was sold to HWFM Engel of Altona, Victoria and renamed MELBOURNE; however, within a year it was sold again to Captain Gustaf Erikson of Mariehamn in Aland, Finland. In June 1930, the barque was run down and sunk by the tanker MT SEMINOLE off South Fastnet, Ireland. The captain and 10 members of the crew were drowned while 15 others survived.
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    Web title: Steam vessel and GUSTAV passing through Glebe Island Bridge, departing Blackwattle or Rozelle Bay

    Primary title: UNIDENTIFIED STEAM VESSEL PASSING THROUGH GLEBE ISLAND BRIDGE, APPROACHING BLACKWATTLE BAY

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