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Photograph Album of HMS Yarmouth in South America Depicting Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Battle of Coronel in Chile, and Peruvian Andes Railway.
South America, 1919-1920. - 8vo. Oblong Album. South America, 1919-1920. Original photographs taken by a Brtish naval officer whilst appointed to the HMS Yarmouth at the South America Station, featuring 5 large photographs of Rio de Janeiro. Contains 54 black and white photographs, each numbered and captioned in manuscript. Photographs vary in sizes, the smallest being 5,5 x 4cm, and the largest 22,5 x 17cm. The lot mounted double sided to the original 13 green album leaves, in a recent black cardstock wrappers measuring approximately 27,5 x 19,5cm. Small blemish to one photograph, otherwise in Very Good Condition. The highlight may very well be what is found at the end of the album, a series of five large views, professional photographs, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, dated October 1920. These include Entrada de Barra, the prestigious beachfront neighbourhood of Botafogo, the iconic park called Quinta de Boa Vista which was originally part of the gardens of the São Cristóvão Palace and residence of 19th century Brazilian Emperors, Pao de Acucar or Sugar Loaf Mountain - one of Rio's most famous landmarks, and a nostalgic view of Copacabana prior the onslaught of high-rise construction which exudes its long-lost tranquil setting. The album begins in Cape Town June 1919, when HMS Yarmouth was the Flagship at the Cape of Good Hope, with 9 photos mounted to a single leaf, the verso of which contains 2 photographs of inhabitants the British ruled island of Tristan da Cunha, dated July 1919. A spectacular image of the officers and men of the vessel, is dated January 1920, Balboa, Panama. The remainder of the volume, 42 photographs, are taken in Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Brazil. Twenty-three photographs dispersed over six pages, illustrate the Transandine (Trans-Andean) Railway in Peru, from San Bartolomé (near Chosica), to two remote stations, first at La Oroya, then to the Ticlis station overlooked by Mount Meggs. Generally uninhabited, only one small village is shown in the valleys. In Chile from May to September 1920, the officer includes a panoramic view of Santiago, and three images of memorial services following the Battle of Coronel 16 September 1920. Of further naval interest, a photograph of the SS Vestris is included, to remember 12 September 1919, when the HMS Yarmouth escorted her, with 550 passengers, to Saint Lucia in the West Indies, suffering damage from a fire which erupted in her coal bunkers four days prior and which was still ablaze. Several days later the fire was extinguished. And, at Coquimbo in September, nine images show the naval officers, in uniform, enjoying a day of reprieve at a Spanish ranch, horseback riding, etc. HMS Yarmouth was a Royal Navy cruiser launched in 12 April 1911. She was joined with the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron from 1918 to 1919, being the Flagship at the Cape of Good Hope 1919, where we see her in the beginning of the album. In the same year she was refit, then joined the 7th Light Cruiser Squadron on the South America Station 1919 to 1920. The World War I naval Battle of Coronel between ships of the United Kingdom and Germany was fought on 1 November 1914 off the coast of central Chile near the city of Coronel. La Oroya is a city on the River Mantaro in central Peru, and is capital of the Yauli Province. In 1533, the Spanish established a small settlement and started small-scale mining for precious metals in the area, but isolation and transport difficulties hindered extraction. Mining in the area developed gradually, and did not greatly expand until the railway from Lima to La Oroya was completed in 1893. The railway, an extraordinary feat of engineering, was planned by the Polish railway builder Ernest Malinowski, and crosses the El Ticlio Pass, where it reaches an altitude of 4781 meters. Until the recent completion of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway it was the highest standard gauge railway in the world.
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