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404739
  • Title
    [Bottle, containing a message which was dropped from the plane by Ross Smith and party on the first flight from England to Australia, and picked up by HMAS Sydney, 1919; with typescript statement by Capt. Cayley of HMAS Sydney, 1922]
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  • Call number
    SAFE/R 109
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date

    1919; 1922
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    404739
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    Objects - in string cradle tied to 2.5 cm. diameter metal ring ; Without lid or stopper - 1 square-bodied glass bottle or jar, approx. 16.5 cm. high x 7.8 cm. wide x 7.8 cm. deep, with 7 cm. diameter round mouth
    Textual Records - approx. 17.7 x 11.3 cm. - Paper bears fingerprints and soiling and three transverse creases where previously folded into quarters - 1 note handwritten in pencil
    Textual Records - 25.8 x 21.6 cm. - 1 typescript statement on Royal Australian Navy letterhead
  • Scope and Content
    a. Glass bottle in string cradle
    b. Aviators' handwritten message
    c. Typescript statement by Capt. Cayley of HMAS Sydney
  • Source
    Capt. H. Cayley, June 1922
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  • General note

    The bottle and message are accompanied by a typescript statement by the donor, Capt. H. Cayley, who was in command of HMAS Sydney when the vessel picked up the message 180 miles from Port Darwin. Capt. Cayley's statement records the time and position of the encounter, and refers to the prior arrangement to guide the aviators by steering for Port Darwin. When first sighted by the ship, the plane was on course and no correction was necessary. The statement is dated 24 May 1922. For information about Capt. H. Cayley (but which omits this episode), see Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1891-1939 (Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1979).
    For information about Ross and Keith Smith and their mechanics on this flight, James Bennett and Walter Shiers, see individual entries in Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1891-1939 (Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1979).
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823695
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    "The Air / 10/12/19 / Vickers Vimy / The Commander, H.M.A.S. / Very glad to see you. / Many thanks for looking after / us. Going strong. / Keith Smith / Ross Smith / Sgt. J. Bennett / Sgt. W. H. Shiers" -- message dropped in bottle from Vickers Vimy; also transcribed in statement by Capt. H. Cayley accompanying his donation of these items in 1922
    Printed label on jar reads "Prepared by Escoffier Limited, 6 Ridgmount Street, London WC". Product name on label is partially torn off and is obscured by string cradle.
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