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    Footage of ocean liner the 'Volturno' after fire.

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    'Volturno' on fire - shots on board Location of events unknown.

    Working-class passengers on an ocean liner. Looks like film of immigrants from southern Europe (?). GV looking down at deck; w/ several people walking about; lots of pipes etc. Closer shots - men smoking on top deck; water being let out of pipe. GV ship exterior; side view pan. Group of men; working-class; on deck; pose in 2 rows. View of ship from shore; man in F.G walks along dock; seagull flies. People coming down steps of ship - side view: young boys in military caps; w/ blankets round their shoulders; women with scarves and blankets or capes; the men. This looks as if some disaster has happened.

    Ships; travel.

    Amenment September 2011: and many of the other seamen involved received bravery awards, some of which were presented by the King at St. James Palace on 29 June 1914. 134 of the 657 occupants of the Volturno lost there lives, many of these being emigrants from Eastern Europe on their way to start a new life in America.

    Between 00.00.15 and 00.00.27 the ship in view could well be the Minneapolis

    Between 00.00.28 to oo.00.38 ,is a group of male survivors (30) rescued by the S.S. Minneapolis that was brought to Tilbury.

    Between 00.00.39-00.00.49 the ship that can be seen may be the "Devonian." The Devonian returned to Liverpool with 20 women, 18 men and 21 children rescued from the Volturno.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:45:01:00 / 01:46:16:00
    ON 150 K

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  1. Unknown user says

    Reducing this clip's current date range of 1914-18, the SS Volturno caught fire on 9 October 1913, finally sinking on the 17th. A new date of 1913 alone would therefore fit the bill.

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  2. Volturno History says

    This footage was taken on the afternoon of 14 October 1913 in Liverpool, of, and on board the Leyland Line ship SS Devonian, which rescued 59 passengers from the burning SS Volturno in the early morning hours of 10 October 1913. Of the four Volturno rescue ships that arrived in England, only Devonian had women and children on board. Contemporary news accounts tell of the rainy weather when Devonian arrived at about 12:40 in the afternoon, which matches the conditions seen in the clip.

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