Posted 6 months ago
Yet another of the Maude Lankester PC collection that I am working through on CW. The black and white photo is a different shot taken from a high point above the port of Stanley. The high point must be a mountain on a peninsula called The Nut an old volcanic plug discovered by the explorers Bass and Flinders in 1798, who named it Circular Head. It has steep sides and rises to 143 metres with a flat top. It is possible to walk to the top of The Nut via a steep track or via a chairlift.
Tracking Maude's movements using these cards I've seen that she was in Tasmania on board a cruise ship. The ship would have been the S.S. Sydney that did "Ocean Excursion Trips" in "1st and 2nd class saloon passengers only". A round trip was ten days that left Sydney sailing to Melbourne, Stanley, Burnie, Devonport, Eden and returning to Sydney.
An advertisement of Tuesday 7 December 1915 in The Argus reads:
OCEAN EXCURSIONS. (Circumstances Permitting.) TASMANIA,-EDEN.-SYDNEY. (1350 Miles at Sea.) The Popular S.S. "SYDNEY," 8000 Tons, Captain J. DAWSON. WEDNESDAY, 15th DECEMBER, At 2 p.m., And Fortnightly Thereafter, From No. 7 SHED, Calling at STANLEY, BURNIE, DEVONPORT, EDEN, and SYDNEY. Round Trip occupies ten, days, allowing passengers four days in Sydney. ROUND FARES:- SALOON, £6/6/; Second Saloon, £4. Fares include maintenance on board at all ports except Sydney. For further particulars, pamphlets &c., apply MELBOURNE STEAMSHIP CO. LTD., 27-31 King Street.
I think this would be the trip taken by Maude given the details on the card.
Weather conditions in Bass Strait between Melbourne and Stanley can very unpredictable.
On this occasion it must have been a very rough trip:
Had a rough passage over from Melbourne nearly all the passengers were ill. Hope to be in Sydney by Sunday. One lady in my cabin lost her teeth overboard while ill so does not feel too happy. Hope all the chick(?) & manoia are alright. Love to all M. Lanketser "