An excellent signed telescope instrument by Graham & Parkes, 43 Canning Place, Liverpool; it was owned by Captain James Edward Venus of the B.J. Sunderland & Company Shipping Line. The telescope is wrapped in sail canvas with a turk's head knot weaving.
Captain Venus of Hull commanded S.S. TARANSAY, and S.S. INVERNESS, together from more than 24 years. With his telescope comes the following list of personal effects, including his 1891 Mater's Certificate on velum from the British Board of Trade:.
Small Silver Gelatin Photo of Captain Venus, 3½ x 2½ inches.
Certificate of Competency Master. To James Edward Venus ... By order of the Board of Trade... 14th day of February 1891.
Two Postcards of Capt. Venus and Crew aboard S.S. TARANSAY; One aboard S.S. INVERNESS.
Oval photographic Portrait of Capt. Venus, 5 x 3½ inches. By Isabel Hartnell, Waltham Street, King Edward Street, Hull.
Mercantile Marine Service Association, Membership Booklet for Capt. Venus.
Book of Anecdotes, Aphorisms and Proverbs. Collected by a Septuagenarian. London: Charles Taylor. 22. 23 & 39, Warwick Lane. E.C. 184 pages. Signed 1891.
Letter of condolence, passing of Captain Venus of heart failure while onboard S.S. TARANSAY, a B.J. Sutherland & Co. Steamship of Newcastle Registry on route to Buenos Aires, 24th September 1923, to Mrs. Venus of 266, Northgate, Cottingham, Near Hull, England.
Several Newspaper clippings of accounts and obituaries.
Telescope Measures 58¼" L x 14¼" W x 22¾" H.
Framed Ephemera Measures 26 ½ x 20 ½ Inches.
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