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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); eleven men, some seated, some standing, on board the HMS Orlando; some are carrying bags, some wearing head wraps; one man is holding a club; one man is holding a horn; Samoa.
    Gelatin silver print

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1894-1896
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 20.2 centimetres
    • Width: 25.3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pen
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        War canoe's crew at Samoa The ship is HMS Orlando
      • Inscription Comment

        printed on label
  • Curator's comments

    An excerpt from the Introduction Annesley Papers, held by the Public Record Office in Northern Ireland, p.18, reads:
    "Another photographer, and diarist, whose presence in the archive requires some explanation, is Midshipman, later Lieutenant, Gerald Sowerby. He married Lady Mabel Annesley in 1904. Following the death of her only brother, Francis, 6th Earl Annesley, in 1914 and the title's reversion to a kinsman, she resumed the name Annesley, and her son, the late Gerald Sowerby/Annesley, ultimately succeeded to Castelwellan...The photographs and diaries of his father, Gerald Sowerby, R.N., consist of 3 albums of photographs of the Suez Canal, Samoa, Norfolk Island, Tonga, Solomon Islands, etc., 1894-1896, and of the British and American fleets at Annapolis in 1903-1904; and log books, etc, whilst serving in the Pacific, etc, 1894-1899."
    The record suggests that all the photographs in the Annesley Collection now reside in the Ulster Museum, County Down.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


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