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Place of creation
Support: 60.900 x 91.200 cm
Inventory no.: 101656
Language of material
Scope and content
Poster depicting the aftermath of the torpedoing of the Llandovery Castle. In the ocean, a man wearing a Canadian service uniform struggles to hold onto a nursing sister as he shakes his fist at a German U-boat. Wreckage, including a "Llandovery Castle" life preserver, floats nearby.
Conditions of access
Copy negative C-055111
A146/X5 Item no. assigned by LAC 553
1983-028 X PIC
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-28-553
Copyright: Expired / Expiré
According to the artist file at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Lorne Kidd Smith "won second prize of $500 for Victory Loan poster with his "Llandovery Castle.'" The Toronto Star of August 15, 1918, confirms that second prize in the 1918 poster competition sponsored by the Dominion Publicity Committee was awarded to Lorne K. Smith of Toronto. Since this poster was produced in 1918 and features the sinking of the Llandovery Castle, it is very likely that Lorne Kidd Smith created this work
The Llandovery Castle was a Canadian hospital ship built in Glasgow, Scotland in 1914. On June 27, 1918, Llandovery Castle encountered a German U-boat and was torpedoed off of the coast of southern Ireland. A total of 234 people, including 14 Canadian nursing sisters, died as a result of the attack
Signatures and inscriptions
Inscription: ...W.P. 2 ... (Partial Transcription)
3. / First World War // Victory Bonds // Fundraising /.
4. Social - Canada.
5. Sociale - Canada.
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