Ithaca: Paleocastro of Aetos, 'Castle of Odysesus', from the sea

Department Archive
Collection SPHS BSA Image Collection
Reference No. BSA SPHS 01/1402.3569
Level Item
Description Glass negative, quarter plate size, a copy negative taken from a photographic print.
Dimensions 10.5 x 8 cm
Place Paleocastro of Aetos
Ithaka Island
Dates 1901
Creator Hardy, Frank A.
Scope and Content Part of a group of images donated by the Argonaut Camera Club, taken on excursions and cruises in Greece and Asia Minor. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Ithaca: Castle of Odysesus from sea".
Notes Date based on the information [p. xxxvii in the 'Proceedings of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies. Session 1901-1902' The Journal of Hellenic Studies Vol. 22 (1902)] that Hardy gave permission to the Hellenic Society to reproduce his negatives. Possibly taken on the 1901 Hellenic Travellers' Club schoolmasters' cruise as there was no 1902 cruise (see |The Times report of the first Argonaut cruise, April 26, 1901, p. 11), Annotation on the negative above the print reads: "Ithaca. Castle of Ulysses 655 ft." and below "Aëtos S. from the bay of Pissaeto. Cyclopean walls 16-20 ft fr[...]"
Further information Hellenic Travellers Club
The Hellenic Travellers Club consisted of school teachers and others interested in educational cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean. Initiated by Henry Lunn, the club was formalised in 1905, but grew out of experimental cruises called Argonaut Cruises (after the steam yacht) - first in 1901 and then in 1903 and 1904. Annual spring cruises began in 1905, continued until the First World War and resumed in 1924 before finally halting with advent of the Second World War

Many of the passengers from 1901 onward were keen photographers - initially referred to as the Argonaut Camera Club - and a number of their images were donated to the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies or made their way into private collections. The Hellenic Travellers Club produced annual proceedings which published many of the lectures given on board, illustrated with photographs from the tours. See: Harlan, D. 2018. "More than Armchair Travellers" ARGO 8: 19-21.
Reference 1904 JHS 24: Catalogue of Slides. xciv.SPHS 3569. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Catalogue of Slides. 33.SPHS 3569. Link to article