The iron-hulled sailing ship JOSEPH CONRAD was originally launched as GEORGE STAGE in Copenhagen in 1882 as a training ship for young sailors. In 1934 GEORGE STAGE was about to be broken up when Australian author and sailor Andrew Villiers bought the vessel, renaming it after his favourite author. Villiers sailed JOSEPH CONRAD around the world with a crew of mostly young sailors, visiting Australian shores in late 1935. The vessel is now a part of the collection at the Mystic Seaport museum in Connecticut.
Flickr user Beachcomberaustralia provided this useful link to a SMH article mentioning the visit: bit.ly/RYnW38
The National Film and Sound Archive hold footage of this visit, including the sailors singing the song ‘Rolling Home’ accompanied by an accordian: NFSA entry
This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 60-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century.
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Object number: 00037003
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