Wed, 26th Oct 2011 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Implacable)

 
  Lot 49
 

49

A DRY CARD LIFEBOAT COMPASS FROM THE H.M.T...

A DRY CARD LIFEBOAT COMPASS FROM THE H.M.T FRANCONIA (1916)
unsigned, with 4¾in. diameter card, gimbal-mounted in wooden box with lid inscribed H.M.T. FRANCONIA -- 9in. (22.7cm.) square

Completed by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson in January 1911, R.M.S. Franconia was a strikingly pretty liner with a pair of handsome raked funnels and a classic straight-stem bow. Initially used by Cunard for their Liverpool-New York & Boston service, she was requisitioned on 15th February 1915 for use as a troop transport. Eighteen months later on October 4th 1916 she was sunk by U47 two hundred miles north east of Malta with the loss of twelve lives and 302 saved. The compass was acquired by Albert ("Bert") Walmsley, an air sea rescue pilot who was lost in WWII, probably from his service connections.

Provenance: Albert Walmsley and thence by descent.

Sold for £310
Estimated at £250 - £350

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


 
A DRY CARD LIFEBOAT COMPASS FROM THE H.M.T FRANCONIA (1916)
unsigned, with 4¾in. diameter card, gimbal-mounted in wooden box with lid inscribed H.M.T. FRANCONIA -- 9in. (22.7cm.) square

Completed by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson in January 1911, R.M.S. Franconia was a strikingly pretty liner with a pair of handsome raked funnels and a classic straight-stem bow. Initially used by Cunard for their Liverpool-New York & Boston service, she was requisitioned on 15th February 1915 for use as a troop transport. Eighteen months later on October 4th 1916 she was sunk by U47 two hundred miles north east of Malta with the loss of twelve lives and 302 saved. The compass was acquired by Albert ("Bert") Walmsley, an air sea rescue pilot who was lost in WWII, probably from his service connections.

Provenance: Albert Walmsley and thence by descent.