VATERSAY: POIGNANT SCOTTISH SHIPWRECK PHOTOGRAPH

Anon.

Original photograph of 13 year old John Potter, taken prior to sailing on the 'Annie Jane', which ran aground off the Scottish Island of Vatersay on September 28th, 1853, en route to North America.

Published: Circa 1853.

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The ship sank with the loss of approximately 300 of the 450 passengers – including Cattley. Original photograph (either an albumen or salt print; we have not been able to examine the photograph closely as it is sealed behind glass), approximately 12 x 9 cm, in the original glass mount (15 x 12.5 cm); the sitter is identified by a ma nuscript paper label on the reverse; corners of the glass a little chipped, tones a little yellowed. £350 The label reads: ‘My dear brother - John Potter Cattley - born at Terrington, Yorkshire, 25 December 1839 - Shipwrecked and downed in the “Annie Jane” going to Quebec & buried on the Outer Hebrides (Scottish Coast) - (died 28 September 1853) aged 13 years. Stephen’. This portrait was likely taken just prior to his emigration and left as a souvenir for his family left behind. John is listed as a cabin class passenger on the following website: http://www.anniejane.net/cabin-passengers-lost/

£350

Offered by Allsworth Rare Books