The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.
The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.

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The World Cruise : The First Passenger Vessel Since Magellan to Circumnavigate the Globe. SS. Laconia 1922–23.

Havana, Panama Canal, Honolulu, Japan, China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and elsewhere, 1922–23. 4to (14.75” x 13”), black cloth, gilt title and passenger’s name on upper cover. Illustrated title leaf printed in gold, 45 mounted silver print photographs, 6.75” x 9.25” to 9.75” x 7.75”, on 45 leaves, all photos with printed captions mounted below.

An appealing and historic photo album documenting the first continuous circumnavigation completed by a cruise ship, with a fine selection of large images, mainly of Asian subjects.

Lasting some 130 days, the cruise documented in this album was undertaken by Cunard’s passenger liner Laconia, which departed from New York on 21 November 1922 and returned on 30 March 1923. The ship headed south-westward through the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, across the Pacific, and returned to America by way of the far East, the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. On her way around the world, the Laconia called at some twenty-two ports. In the wake of Laconia’s inaugural voyage, commercial world cruises would boom and Cunard soon become the preeminent company for cruises of this kind. On 12 September 1942, the Laconia sank after being struck by two torpedoes.

With the exception of the first few images, the photos included here capture Hawaiian and Asian subjects, as follows: Havana, Cuba (1); Panama Canal (2); Hawaii (Hilo, Honolulu, 4); Japan (Tokyo, Fujiyama, Kyoto, Nara, Kamakura, 9); China (Peking, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Canton, 15); Formosa (2); Singapore (1); Burma (Rangoon, 5); Philippines (Manila, 3); Indonesia (Java, 2 ), and 1 at sea.

This album begins with a shot taken atop Morro Castle at the entrance to Havana Harbor, showing an early cannon with the harbor visible in the background. The next shot shows the Laconia approaching the first lock on the Panama Canal, which opened only eight years prior in 1914. At Hilo, Hawaii, native Hawaiian musicians are shown performing for the newly-arrived passengers. Various images capture aspects of Honolulu, including a shot of some passengers at Waikiki beach. In Japan, the travelers are shown walking down Theater Street in Tokyo; other shots document Kyoto and Kamakura. From here, the passengers visit Peking, Canton, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, where photos document the Great Wall of China, the marble boat summer palace at Peking, a funeral procession, Hong Kong street scenes and so on. In Canton, rebel troops are pictured marching into the city and entering the imperial palace. In both China and Japan, numerous temples and religious sites are documented. One image shows a group of native “head hunters at reception, Formosa.” Various photos taken at Manila picture domestic and market scenes. One humorous photo is captioned, “Soap, Varnish,—Then A Ducking,” and shows a seated man undergoing a seafaring ritual. Several shots capture community bathing in a canal on the island of Java; one image bears the evocative if dubious caption, “All Javanese Live in the Canal.” The album closes with photos taken in Rangoon, Burma, featuring snake charmers, pagodas and elephants hauling teakwood.

The owner of this album was William E. Woollard (1897–1940), of Albany, New York. Educated at Albany Law School, Woollard occupied numerous prominent political and civic posts including General of the State; Vice President of Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association; director of National Rivers and Harbors Congress and New York State Waterways Association; director of Albany Chamber of Commerce; as well as chairman of the legal Advisory Board in Albany during World War I.

An appealing album documenting the first circumnavigation of the globe by a passenger vessel.

REFERENCES: Cunard: The First Continuous World Cruise at maritime-executive.com A Guide to the William E. Woollard Manuscript Group 1897–1940 at albanyinstitute.org.

CONDITION: Very good, one small dent on upper cover, a few white specks to covers.

Item #4431

Price: $950.00

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