Unusual Fan Map of the Caribbean
Period: 1915 (circa)
Color: Black & White
8 x 6.5 inches
20.3 x 16.5 cm
This unusual and attractive fan map was purchased from the on-board gift shop of the Prinzessin Victoria Luise, a cruise ship of the Hamburg-America line. This particular fan was produced for a Westindienfahrt or West Indian Cruise. The route of the cruise cleverly spreads out on the fan blades. The Victoria Luise's maiden West Indian cruise was in 1901. While on another West Indian cruise, on December 16, 1906, her captain, Captain Brunswig, mistook the lighthouse at Plumb Point, Jamaica for one at the westernmost point of Port Royal Jamaica. Heading north at 14 knots, the ship hit and climbed onto the rocks bow first at about 9 o’clock in the evening. After evacuating the passengers, Brunswig went to his cabin and shot himself. The ship was a total loss and was scrapped on the spot.
The last fan piece is separated from the cloth string that holds the map together, otherwise very good.