1927 Print Ortega British World War I Dresden Pacific Steam Navigation Ship XGQ7


This is an original 1927 halftone print of the Ortega, a steam liner of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company.

On 2 August 1914, the Ortega arrived at the Uruguayan port of Montevideo, with her standard cargo in addition to bullion valued at &pound117,000. Captain Douglas R. Kinneir, Ortega's commander, was informed that Great Britain would likely be drawn into the conflict that was erupting in Europe (World War I). After leaving port, the captain and crew became aware of a German ship of war, the Dresden, that was in the area. The Dresden spotted and fired upon the Ortega multiple times, but the Ortega's crew was able to stoke their fire enough to outrun the Dresden and safely enter Chilean waters.


This 84+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note there is a slight color shift in the black area of the ship.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4.25 x 6.25 inches; 11 x 16 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: World War I, Ship, Britain, merchant ship