News from 1899: Death of Thomas H. Ismay

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Thomas Ismay, founder of the White Star Line, died on 23 November 1899; his obituary from The Times (London) appears here.
 

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At the Spithead naval review in 1897, the White Star steamer Teutonic, armed as a cruiser with 16 guns, was sent by Mr. Ismay to participate in the naval display, and show that mercantile cruisers were not myths.

Does Jeff have a postcard of this in his collection? What a great subject!

Five years later fellow-shareholders in the company presented Mr. Ismay with his portrait
by Millais, and a service of plate.


Am going to have to hit the catalogues for this one! Does anyone know, off-hand, where it is now? I don't recall it being part of the 1999 Millais exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery...have a feeling it would have made an impression.

Ta for that, MAB - nothing like a good solid Times obit. (says she over her cup of morning tea).

~ Ing
 

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>Does Jeff have a postcard of this in his collection?

Not that I know of; at the very least, it's not on Great Ships' Teutonic page, http://www.greatships.net/teutonic.html. And I don't recall ever seeing any cards showing Teutonic at either the 1897 naval review or the 1889 one.

>Does anyone know, off-hand, where it is now?

I don't think I've ever seen a picture of this, either. It's not on any Millais web site that I'm aware of, nor is it listed on the National Portrait Gallery site. And I've seen very few references to it anywhere, although Oldham mentions it, I think. So does someone named Molony; see https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/articles/ismay_molony.shtml

There's an image of a Vanity Fair portrait of THI at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OceanicSteamNavigationCo/files/People%20Pictures/THI; I tried posting it here with the obit, but it's apparently too big.

>Ta for that, MAB - nothing like a good solid Times obit.

There will be more in the months to come.

MAB