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Brasil Africa Cruises Hamburg Sud Art Deco Windrush


Original vintage travel poster for a 7 week cruise to Brazil and Africa on the Monte Rosa from 29 October to 16 December 1935 - Brasil Afrika Reise - featuring a stunning Art Deco design by the German painter and graphic artist Ottomar Anton (1895-1976) depicting an image of the passenger liner sailing at sea on an orange shaded background with a route map showing the stops from Europe and Africa across the Atlantic Ocean to South America and back - Hamburg Casablanca Dakar Bahia Santos San Francisco Do Sul Rio De Janeiro Pernambuco Ponta Delgada Azores - the bold title and information text in Gothic style lettering below. Launched in 1930 for Hamburg Sud to operate cruise holidays, the Monte Rosa was taken over for use as a German navy troopship during World War Two in 1940, repaired after attacks and mine damage. In 1945 she was acquired by the British Government and renamed HMT Empire Windrush to serve as a troopship for the Ministry of Transport. In 1948 she transported servicemen and offered passage to West Indian immigrants from Jamaica in the Caribbean to the UK; this migration movement is now known as the Windrush generation. In 1954 she caught fire and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algiers whilst transporting wounded soldiers of the Korean War and military personnel; four crew members were killed in the engine room but everyone else (and the ship's cat) was rescued. Good condition, restored tears on edges, restored creasing, foxing, staining, backed on linen.

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