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Original photo album of a crew member

About this Item: Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. Original photo album of a crew member of HMS Emerald, with private pictures of Bouvet Island and a 4 page manuscript report about the landing on the island. Oblong 4to blue cloth photo album, bound with string. 32 pages of mounted gelatin silver and platinum prints, taken between 1932 and 1934, last page with some additional photos taken in 1941. This is a personal photo album from sailor Edward C. Newman, covering his overseas service between 1932 and 1941. The photos all have handwritten captions and the subjects include travel and crew, as well as local people and wildlife. A very interesting aspect about this photo album is that Edward C. Newman was aboard the expedition of HMS Milford which visited Bouvet Island in 1934. Bouvet, an Island near Antarctica, is probably the most remote place in the world. It was discovered in 1738 by Jean-Baptiste Lozier Bouvet and not sighted again until 1808. In 1825, a whaler made the first landing on the Island. Only in 1927 the first extended stay took place, by the crew of the Norwegian vessel Norvegia. The increase of whaling in the Southern ocean brought Norvegian and British expeditions to the area. Britain had waived territorial claims on Bouvet Island in favor of Norway, but in 1934 HMS Milford made a dramatic dash to Bouvet to make sure that no hostile power was operating there. Captain of the Milford was Admiral Edward Evans (Former second-in-command of captain Scott's antarctic expedition). He and his crew found nothing, except the sole occupant s of seals, sea elephants and sea birds. The island remains an uninhabited, very hard to reach place even today - only a few successful landings have been executed since its discovery in 1738. The four-page handwritten account of the voyage makes for an interesting read. The outward journey from South-Africa was undertaken in fierce weather conditions ("on one day, she [HMS Milford] was actually pushed back 90 miles"). A curious event recorded is the "undiscovery" of Thompson Island, a phantom island supposedly sighted by sailors between 1825 and 193. The Milford sailed directly over its reported coordinates and took soundings at 150 fathoms to prove it was not there. A interesting footnote is that Newton records how permission had been obtained from the Norwegian consul in Cape Town to overprint existing Norwegian stamps with "Bouvet Oya" and despatch a mail from the islands (though as Newman notes, since the overprint was not officially acknowledged by the Norwegian authorities, the stamps must be regarded as a private issue"). The remaining part of the Album provides photos of time spent in Western Africa, with visits to Gambia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana and Equatorial Guinea including the Annabon Islands. These pictures seem to antedate the Bouvet Island mission. Newman clearly considered that mission the most important part of the album and inserted these photos at front. Several of the pictures taken during the African part of the voyage show the celebration of crossing the equator. The album is completed with pictures of South Africa and, at the very end, some photo of the HMS Emerald during the second World War, taken with rough weather. A remarkable set of photos, chronicling a tour along Western-and South Africa, and a unique account of the historical landing on Bouvet Island. Seller Inventory # 123939

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