Boatswain Karl Muller smoking a pipe and hosing the deck of SEETEUFEL by Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
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This photograph depicts the boatswain of SEETEUFEL, Karl Muller, smoking a pipe and hosing the vessel’s deck during Count Felix Graf von Luckner’s visit to Sydney in May 1938. According to the secret files kept on the von Luckners by the Commonwealth Investigation Branch (CIB), Muller was: ‘afraid to go ashore because he cannot resist the city hotels and as he is 62 years of age cannot stand up to hard drinking.’ These files are held within the National Archives of Australia. For more information on Count von Luckner’s visit see our blog post <a href=“” rel=“nofollow”>‘Espionage and paranoia: The Sea Devil tours Australia’</a>. This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 60-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century. If reproduced or distributed, this image should be clearly attributed to the collection of the Australian National Maritime Museum; and not be used for any commercial or for-profit purposes without the permission of the museum. For more information see our <a href=“” rel=“nofollow”>Flickr Commons Rights Statement</a>. The ANMM undertakes research and accepts public comments that enhance the information we hold about images in our collection. This record has been updated accordingly. Photographer: Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection Object no. 00022954