This pictorialist scene shows the harbor of Douglas on the Isle of Man in Great Britain. At center the coastal steamer Oak Villa (Cardiff) is docked. When acquired by this archive, the photograph came with an undated yellowed newspaper clipping showing the image cropped along with the following printed underneath:


The Amateur Photograph Coupon and the names of this week’s prizewinners will be found on page 6. (1.)

Apparently photographer E.D. Goulding had submitted this photograph in a contest, with it being named a prizewinner.

The OAK VILLA Cardiff was originally known as the SS Norwood when first launched in 1902. Classified as the Screw Steamer (SS) Norwood, the nearly 119′ “coaster” steamer was acquired by Villa Steam Coasters Ltd., (W. A. Green & Company, managers) Cardiff in 1919 and renamed the OAK VILLA in 1920,  (2.) perhaps the time this photograph was done by Goulding. The boat was taken out of service when she became stranded in Caernarvon Bay in October of 1937 while on a voyage from Port Rivals to Liverpool.  (3.)

Mount card recto details: flush attached cream-colored cover sheet mounted to upper margin verso. Titled and signed Douglas and ED Goulding in graphite.

Mount card verso details: signed ED Goulding in graphite.

1. The clipping may have been from the Liverpool Echo, founded in 1879.
2. Name: Norwood: Official Number: 115700 : from: The Clyde Maritime Research Trust online resource
3. Ibid. The steam coaster is a class of steamship designed for carrying bulk and general cargoes in coastal waters.


Image Dimensions14.0 x 17.6 cm (printed on rough gelatin silver paper)

Support Dimensions19.0 cm x 25.0 cm ("screen" printed faux frame to mount recto)