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The Mardens Tupwood Lane Caterham Surrey CR3 6ET
Second Printing,( see above )
Post Card front side , from top :HMS Lutine
A frigate which served in both the French Navy and the Royal Navy. She was launched by the French in 1779. The ship passed to British control in 1793 and was taken into service as HMS Lutine. She sank among the West Frisian Islands during a storm in 1799.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Lutine_(1779)The bullion was insured by Lloyds of London so they claimed any salvage rights. Many attempts over the years to recover the gold were made but with the exception of some small amounts, they were unsuccessful. The last attempt was in 1990.
One cannon salvaged in 1806 is on display at Windsor castle. Another is on display at the Guildhall, London.
The Lutine Bell
The ship's bell (engraved "ST. JEAN - 1779") was recovered on 17 July 1858. It was hung from the rostrum of the Underwriting Room at Lloyd's.
The bell was traditionally struck when news of an overdue ship arrived - once for the loss of a ship and twice for her return. The bell was sounded to ensure that all brokers and underwriters were made aware of the news simultaneously. The bell has developed a crack and the traditional practice of ringing news has ended: the last time it was rung to tell of a lost ship was in 1979 and the last time it was rung to herald the return of an overdue ship was in 1989.
- P&O SS Carnatic
A British steamship built in 1862-63 by Samuda Brothers at Cubitt Town on the Isle of Dogs, London, for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company. She operated on the Suez to Bombay run in the last years before the Suez Canal was opened.
On 12 September 1869, she ran aground on Sha`b Abu Nuhas coral reef near Shadwan Island in the mouth of the Gulf of Suez, in the Red Seahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Carnatic
- RMS Empress of Ireland
An ocean liner that sank in the Saint Lawrence River following a collision with the Norwegian collier SS Storstad in the early hours of 29 May 1914.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Em...s_of_Ireland