Map showing the yacht Erin in the service of the British Red Cross Society


What is this?

The map shows the route of the steam yacht Erin between Marseilles and Salonica in January and February 1915. The steam yacht departed from Southampton in the UK, carrying several motor ambulances and trucks, as well as tons of medical materials, supplies and clothing dispatched to a typhus-stricken Serbia. At Marseilles a medical mission composed of five doctors, 15 nurses and six orderlies boarded the Erin for Serbia. From Salonica the rest of the journey was made by railway to Belgrade. The Erin was owned by Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, 1st baronet (1850-1931), a businessman and yachtsman. He placed his yacht at the disposal of the British Red Cross Society which played a significant role in the control of the typhus epidemic in Serbia in 1915.

Where is this map from?

The map is published in The Terrible Truth about Serbia (1915), which describes the disastrous typhus epidemic which claimed the lives of over 100,000 people in Serbia and threatened the country’s defences during the war. The publication is illustrated with photographs of the expedition and includes a story on Serbia’s past and her contribution to the war effort.

Full title:
Map showing the yacht Erin in the service of the British Red Cross Society from The Terrible Truth about Serbia by Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton
British Red Cross Society
Photograph / Map
Thomas Johnstone Lipton
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Public Domain
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British Library

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