Friday, July 3, 2015

#5 - Duchess of Hamilton

Today's postcard is one of the Duchess Of Hamilton steamer.  My great-grandfather's sister, Annie, sent this one back home to 9 Roseneath Terrace, Nairn to their sister Bella.  At the time, Annie would have been around 16 years old, Bella about 19.

The written text reads:  "Dear sister  having a lovely day this is the boat but we have not the rough weather that you see here do you wish you was with us annie"  Good thing their weather was better!

A stamp on the back reads:  "Caledonian Steam Packet Co. Limited. P.S. Duchess of Hamilton." And some text printed on the back reads: "Caledonian Steamers via Gourock, Wemyss Bay and Ardrossan."  The Caledonian Steam Packet Company formed in 1889 to complement the Caledonian Railway.  More can be found about it here.

Postmarked July 1, 1909  (oops, must correct the last 3 postcard posts - they were June, not July!) 8:10pm from Gourock P.O., Renfrewshire.

Gourock is located to the top left of the map on the south side of the river, near Greenrock.  Ardrossan is to the lower left with the ferry lines coming form it.  As you can see, they are both relatively close to Glasgow.

The Duchess of Hamilton was built in 1890 and served as a ferry before being put into service during WWI as a minesweeper.  She was sunk in 1915 by a mine from a German UC-3.

Interesting notes - there is an Ardrossan here in Alberta - however, the word means "headland of the little promontory" (you can find out all about Scotland's Ardrossan here) and Alberta's Ardrossan is completely landlocked - obviously named after this or another Ardrossan somewhere else.  Also, we are having a very large tree removed from our backyard today (more to come on that) and one of the fellows working on it is Scottish - quite likely from near this area - spent time in Glasgow, anyhow.  Is it just me, or does everyone love a Scottish accent?   Maybe it's my genes harkening back to my heritage.

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