ART03605.011

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ID number ART03605.011
Title Scrapbook leaf with four sketches and inscriptions; verso: Suvla Bay
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Benson, George
Date made April 1915
Medium pencil on paper
Measurement overall: 45.5 x 28.8 cm

Description

Scrapbook leaf with four sketches on separate sketchpad leaves and inscriptions, depicting some of the people aboard the SS Minnewaska while travelling from Alexandria to Lemnos Island; verso: Suvla Bay.

The third Minnewaska was launched in 1908 and sailed the London to New York route until 1915 when she was requisitioned by the British Army as a transportation vessel during the First World War. In 1916, she struck a mine in Souda Bay, Crete, in the Mediterranean sea. There were 1,800 troops on board. Badly damaged and beached, the vessel was written off as a total loss.