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This is the 2nd set from a collection of 180 or so photographs taken during the 1910-1911 deployment of S.M.S. Gneisenau to the Far East. S.M.S. Gneisenau was an armored cruiser of the Kaiserliche Marine, or German Imperial Navy. For the main catalog page of this archive, including the ports and dates visited, see SMS Gneisenau Far East Photo Collection, 1910-1911.

Photos contain some nudity.

This is the 1st set from a collection of 180 or so photographs taken during the 1910-1911 deployment of S.M.S. Gneisenau to the Far East. S.M.S. Gneisenau was an armored cruiser of the Kaiserliche Marine, or German Imperial Navy. For the main catalog page of this archive, including the ports and dates visited, see SMS Gneisenau Far East Photo Collection, 1910-1911.

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Here are several pencil sketches by Ernst Franke, probably from around 1905-1910. They were all drawn, in the order shown, in a small sketchbook.

Please comment if you are able to identify any of the subjects. They may be from Kempen, Nettetal, or Kaldenkirchen in Germany, or from Venlo in the Netherlands.

This is a class photo from a school of some sort. The man on the far left in the middle row is Ernst. (There is an “X” scratched onto his chest.) Click for a larger view. And, yes, the man on the right is holding a skeleton!

KaiserlicheMarine_School

A class picture from a navy school.

In 1910-11, Ernst was stationed on the warship Gneisenau, and took a trip from Germany to the Far East. I have a chart from that trip that shows exactly where the ship traveled. I wasn’t able to scan them in because they are too large, but I did photograph them and create a composite image. It’s not perfect, but you get the idea. You can click for a slightly larger view.

Composite image of chart showing 1910-11 Far East Trip of S.M.S. Gneisenau

Composite image of chart showing 1910-11 Far East Trip of S.M.S. Gneisenau

Attached to the back of this chart was a port map. It’s also a composite photograph.

Port Map Composite Image

Port Map Composite Image

Among his other souvenirs from his days in the German Imperial Navy, Ernst had a book of about 160 pages about the Navy and its history. Part of that history might have been near to his heart:

Bekannt ist der Seezug der Franken, die, vom Kaiser Probus am Schwarzen Meer angesiedelt, sich dort Schiffe verschafften und auf dem Wege durch das Mittelmeer raubend und plundernd in ihre Heimat am Rhein zurueckkehren (280 n. Chr).

Roughly, “Known is the voyage of the Franks, who, when relocated to the Black Sea by Emperor Probus, procured ships and then robbed and plundered their way through the Mediterranean, back to their home on the Rhine (AD 280).”

Marine Album Cover

Marine Album Cover

Marine Album Title Page - Berlin, 1910

Marine Album Title Page - Berlin, 1910

Marine Album Contents

Marine Album Contents

This one was particularly interesting. Click for a much larger view.

Cutaway drawing of S.M. Linienschiff

I came home today and my son had created a suit of armor and a sword out of cardboard and paper bags. But his sword was badly damaged — dented and bent — by the kid down the street who had a fancy plastic sword. Well, that cardboard sword just wasn’t going to cut it (pun intended ) so I grabbed some scrap hard maple and sharpened it up nicely. The rematch is tomorrow… MOOA-HAHAHA!

Next came the shield — with peep holes so he can keep an eye on the enemy, and emblazoned with the family coat of arms! I love that he’s able to see how quick and easy it can be to create cool wooden toys. (Click for a larger view.)

And after it’s painted, plus the other side so you can see the handle… (Click for larger views.)

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