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Attractive personal photograph album of a voyage to Jamaica, Montego Bay.

Published: Jamaica: c.1925

Stock code: 96646

Price: £425

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Attractive sequence of well-taken photographs chronicling a pleasure trip out to Jamaica on-board Elders & Fyffe’s S.S. Camito, a passenger-carrying banana boat. First images show shipboard life, deck tennis, quoits, and boat drills; a sequence of four pictures covers passage through the Panama canal; which is followed by the main group of views of Jamaica: Kingston Harbour, Fern Gulley, Lucea, Black River, San José – sugar factory, “Nigger Hut” – but the majority showing a variety of locations around Montego Bay, an ox-train, locals collecting brushwood, “Clanside”, our party gathered in a Ford Model A. An appealing, but unfortunately anonymous, memento of the early days of tourism in the Caribbean. Built in 1915 by A. Stephens of Glasgow, Camito made regular sailings out of Avonmouth to Jamaica. She was requisitioned during World War II, becoming HMS Camito, an ocean boarding vessel on blockade duties. In May 194, while escorting the captured Italian blockade-runner Sangro, she was sunk off Cape Clear by U-97.

Landscape octavo. Contemporary album, textured buff card with matching cord ties, titled “Photos” on the upper panel. 39 original photographs, c.125 80 mm), with manuscript captions in white ink. Wraps a little rubbed, otherwise very good.

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