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Photo Title: "Dorothy Duff"
Description: Image of a painting of the "Dorothy Duff" in full sail
Image No.: PF-343.0028
Image Location: munn-godden/pf343_0028.jpg
Date of Creation: [between 1906 and 1917]
Physical Description: 1 glass plate negative : b&w ; 12.6 X 17.7 cm
Biography/Admin History: The three-masted schooner "Dorothy Duff", official number 117164, gross tonnage 186, was initially known as the "Dorothy M. Porter" when built in Falmouth, Nova Scotia in 1906 by Thomas M. McKinley and registered in Windsor to Lawrence D. Shaffner of Bridgetown. In 1908 the vessel was registered in St. John's, Newfoundland to the new owner, merchant William Duff of Carbonear. It encountered a number of misfortunes under Duff's ownership. Captain George Windsor delivered the vessel to Duff at Carbonear in May, 1908. Soon after, Felix Luther was given command of the schooner. Later that year, on a voyage to Pernambuco with a load of saltfish, Captain James Newhook of Catalina with six crew members, eventually made port in Barbados after a difficult voyage, apparently having been thrown off course by a faulty chronometer. Before its next voyage, the firm renamed the schooner "Dorothy Duff", after John Duff’s daughter, a granddaughter of William. Michael Hoelny, John P. Horwood and Edgar Burke subsequently served as masters of the vessel. On January 23, 1917, while under the command of Captain George J. Dean, Jr., the vessel was extensively damaged in a gale en route from Carbonear to Gibraltar, again with a cargo of saltfish. While undergoing repairs at Gibraltar, the vessel suffered further damage in a storm. In May, with Dean still at the helm, the vessel finally left port for its original intended destination of Valencia, Spain. However, on May 18 the voyage was intercepted by a German submarine which captured and subsequently released the crew into a life boat, prior to sinking the "Dorothy Duff". The crew - including Dean, Arthur Nichol - mate, H.W. Powell - cook, and W. Burden, Stephen Penney and James Windsor - was picked up by a Spanish coastal vessel and landed near Valencia. From there they returned to Gibraltar, finding passage on a liner bound for Saint John, New Brunswick. They arrived home about six months after their departure from Carbonear.
Custodial History: The photographs were owned by Norma Godden, formerly of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland
Collector: Norma Godden
Source Donor: Norma Godden
Collection Title: Munn-Godden Collection
Restrictions on Access: Copyright expired
Copyright: p
Notes: Title from the name of the vessel, as indicated in the image and in a note on the photographer/collector's envelope containing the glass plate negative. Note reads: "Dorothy Duff." The glass plate was taken before 1940. The date the painting was created is unknown.
Subjects: Dorothy Duff (Schooner) / Schooners / Ships in art.

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