I enclose copies of a number of photographs that I found recently in my files. They all seem to have been taken in the Far East with the exception of the bromide print that states, on the back, that it is of Port Arthur (top left).
(I imagine that this is the Port Arthur in Tasmania not in America).
The river steamer that has obviously gone aground (top right) could perhaps have been on the Yangtze as perhaps is the photograph of the steamer travelling quite fast (bottom right).
I wonder if the one that is aground was moored to the bank during a time of flood when she had insufficient power to stem the current. The flood then subsided and the crew were not quick enough to release the mooring leaving her in the predicament that is shown in the photos.
The photograph of the Emden shows a well known event of the First World War but the ship aground is a mystery to me (bottom left).
I vaguely remember being given these photographs when I was very young by a friend of my parents who knew that I was interested in all matters nautical. I hope that through the pages of Sea Breezes we may learn more about the photographs.
ANDREW B DAWSON
c/o 4 St Nicholas Place
Sherringham, Norfolk, NR26 8LE