Sailor's Woolwork (woolie) of The Hospital Ship, HMHS Plassy
Sailor's Woolwork (woolie) of The Hospital Ship, HMHS Plassy
Sailor's Woolwork (woolie) of The Hospital Ship, HMHS Plassy
Sailor's Woolwork (woolie) of The Hospital Ship, HMHS Plassy

Sailor's Woolwork (woolie) of The Hospital Ship, HMHS Plassy

c. 1915 England

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The large Sailor's woolie with a dramatic depiction of the Hospital Ship HMMS Plassy shows a port side view of the ship under steam with her Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ensign flying from the stern, her blue gray hull plowing through the green yellow sea.

The ship was originally a P & O Ship designed for the intermediate passenger service, but used almost exclusively as a trooper and hospital ship during World War I at Scapa Flow, The Orkneys.

The crew were Lascar meaning an Asian crew, mostly Indian as seen in the video mentioned below. The name Lascar comes from the name used to describe a sailor or militiaman from the Indian Subcontinent or other countries east of the Cape of Good Hope, employed on European ships from the 16th century until the middle of the 20th century. The word (also spelled lashkar, laskar) derives from Persian laškar, meaning military camp or army, and al-askar, the Arabic word for a guard or soldier. The name lascar was also used to refer to Indian servants, typically engaged by British military officers.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lascar)

She was launched on 23rd Nov.1900 by Caird & Co, Greenock (Yard No.296) for the P & O Steam Navigation Co and delivered on 9th Jan.1901. On the 25th Sep.1906 she was seriously damaged in collision with the steamer MASTERFUL while berthed at Southampton. Repaired and returned to service. July 1924 sold and scrapped at Genoa. [P & O. A Fleet History by Rabson & O'Donoghue]

PLASSY 1901

Official No.109259, 7,405 gross tons, length 450.3ft x beam 54.2ft, two funnels, two masts, two triple expansion three cylinder engines, twin screw, speed 16 knots. Accommodation for 114-1st and 87-2nd class passengers. Designed for the intermediate passenger service, but used almost exclusively as a trooper and hospital ship. Launched on 23rd Nov.1900 by Caird & Co, Greenock (Yard No.296) for the P & O Steam Navigation Co and delivered on 9th Jan.1901. 25th Sep.1906 seriously damaged in collision with the steamer MASTERFUL while berthed at Southampton. Repaired and returned to service. July 1924 sold and scrapped at Genoa. [P & O. A Fleet History by Rabson & O'Donoghue]

Below:


There is an early newsreel of King George V of Great Britain visiting the Royal Navy's Hospital ship, HMHS Plassy, at Scapa Flow, in the Orkneys, on June 23, 1917, during World War 1 (http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675049922_hospital-ship-Plassig_King-George-V_King-talks-with-nurses_staff-is-reviewed).

The original Lascar (Asian) crew of the P&O (Peninsular and Oriental) ship , is seen lined up, in whites, on the deck of the Hospital ship, as King George walks past them, slowly ,accompanied by captain, Edward de Walrond Wells Bruce, and officers of the ship's company. On another deck, the King and his party stop to greet the uniformed medical staff, including nurses. An aide introduces each medical staff person by name, and the King shakes hands with each and converses briefly with some. The King visits wounded in the ship's medical ward. He converses with one patient, before proceeding to visit others.
Dimensions
Height 25.00 inch (63.50 cm)
Width 35.00 inch (88.90 cm)
Stock Code
VM98195
Earle D Vandekar of Knightsbridge Inc

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