Samos, Pythagorio: General view of town and harbours looking E. along the coast
|BSA SPHS Image Collection
|BSA SPHS 01/1879.4641
|Film negative, approximately quarter plate size, an original negative.
|9 x 8.5 cm
Baker-Penoyre, Mr John ff.
|Scope and Content
|The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Samos: general view of town & harbours looking E. coast".
|Latest date is based numerous images of Baker-Penoyre listed together (SPHS 4633-4681) that were included in the 1904 catalogue. This may have been taken on a Hellenic Travellers Club cruise; John Baker-Penoyre was a founding member of the club.
|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.