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The Japanese sweetheart.
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Just occasionally, research can result in an extraordinarily rewarding conclusion. Such occurred at the time I managed to unlock the secrets wrapped up in pseudonyms used by the author in the book, The Surgeon's Log.
It so happened that the 2nd mate of the
s.s.Polyphemus, whilst calling at Kobe in 1907, fell in love with the beautiful girl in this picture.
Having identified (and then met) the son of that 2nd mate, I also met his daughter and thus was able to show her a photograph of an old love of her grandfather, of whom she had previously known nothing. Imagine her surprise!
The photograph appears only in the 1st edition (of 32 ) of the book, and was published in 1911.
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Hugh Ferguson

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Thu, 20 December 07 14:03

If you have never read, or heard, of the book, The Surgeon's Log, I'm sure you would enjoy the story. It is simply a full account of a voyage to Japan and Java written by a 31 year old doctor from Coleraine. The ship which, in the book, was the Clytemnestra was in fact, the 1 year old Polyphemus, of the Blue Funnel Line.
The good doctor had his manuscript rejected nine times by sundry publishers until eventually, standing in front of his consulting room fire one morning, he was about to consign the lot to the flames, when on looking through the window he noticed on the other side of the road the name, Chapman & Hall. Ah, he thought, Dicken's publisher, I'll try them. They accepted his draft and the first edition appeared in 1911 to become an immediate best seller. Over the next 48 years no fewer than 30 new editions were published, including a Penguin paperback!
There are still plenty available all over the world-there was even an American edition. A good read indeed!
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Hugh Ferguson

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Fri, 21 December 07 19:29

I eventually tracked down a crew list for the Polyphemus residing in the maritime archives of the Memorial University, Newfoundland! Having initially established contact with them I was told that a crew list existed for just one voyage of the said ship during the year 1907. To know if it was the one I was looking for would require a search costing $40. I was lucky and in due course I had in my possession a copy of that document signed by every member of the crew: rates of pay, allotments, addresses, last ship etc. etc.
The captain's name in the book had been, Tucker. His real name was Frank Chrimes, and he went on to become the master of the Blue Funnel passenger ship, Ulysses, on the Australian run. He retired in the 30's.
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