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Effects from the S.S. Vestris

Curator's Gallery
Cunard Line
Cunard Line 2
Cunard Line China Patterns
RMS Aquitania Woodwork
RMS Mauretania First Class China
Effects from the RMS Lusitania
Paper Effects from the RMS Lusitania
Cunard Whitestar
White Star Line
White Star Line 2
Effects of the RMS Republic
1:150 RMS Republic Model
Oceanic Steam Navigation Company
Effects from the Empress of Ireland
Effects from the T/N Andrea Doria
Italia Line
French Line - Compagnie Generale Transatlantique
Effects from the SS United States & USL
Effects from the S.S. Vestris
Miscellaneous Artifacts
Miscellaneous Artifacts 2
Coastal Shipwrecks & Artifacts
Ocean Liner Models
Lego Model - RMS Titanic
Miniature Suite B-52 Sitting Room
RMS Titanic Exhibition - Franklin Institute

S.S. Vestris of Lamport & Holt Line

     The S.S. Vestris of Lamport & Holt Line was a ship initially unknown to me, but quickly gained my interest. She was wrecked roughly 200 miles off the coast of Virginia in 1928 and had a facinating story to tell because of two reasons: Detailed survivor accounts, and a passenger by the name of Fred Hanson took photographs onboard the liner as she sank.
     The 'Vestris Disaster' website is located at: and it is the best account of the sinking online. The two sinking photos below are sourced from this site and are noted as being from the Baltimore News.
     Our local 'Shipwrecks of Virginia' map has the wreck stated as follows: Vestris: This 16 year old ocean liner left New York City on November 11, 1928. Bound for the Caribbean and South America, she carried 324 passengers and crew. On the first night out, Vestris encountered a terrible storm. 50-foot waves tore open the coal loading doors and the ship began taking on huge amounts of water. The lifeboats were launched into the raging seas just before the liner sank. When rescue ships arrived, many of the lifeboats had capsized and their passengers were in the warm water of the Gulf Stream with some being attacked by sharks. Only 213 people were rescued.

S.S. Vestris Menu
Monday, August 11th, 1913. Menu, Musical Selections, & Program.

S.S. Vestris Menu
Saturday, August 19, 1922. Menu, Musical Selections, & Program.

Vestris Menus
August 22 & 23, 1928

Lamport & Holt Line / S.S. Vestris China & Silver
L&H Dinner Plate, Cup & Saucer, Dinner Fork, Butter Knife, Tea Spoon.


Makers Mark - Dinner Plate

Vestris Sailing Brochure
1913 to 1914 Sailing Season

Part of Brochure Interior

Postcard featuring the Vestris' interiors.
Lounge, Dining Room, Drawing & Music Room.

Close-up of the Vestris Dining Room.
Photo from the reverse side of a menu.

Close-up of the Vestris Lounge

Fred Hanson's sinking photos
Baltimore News,

Fred Hanson's sinking photos
Baltimore News,

Magazine Center Spread on the Sinking.