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Three Lascars of the 'Viceroy of India' (1929), standing behind the wheel of one of the ship's tenders.

P85233
Historic Photographs

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Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsViceroy of India (1929)

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Object ID P85233
Description Three Lascars of the 'Viceroy of India' (1929), standing behind the wheel of one of the ship's tenders. The three are wearing an embroidered, knee length, cotton tunic called a lalchi, and white pantaloons and a topi. The lefthand seaman is wearing a red rhumal or folded cloth worn around the waist and knotted in front. Lascars were seamen from South Asia, China, East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. They had manned P & O vessels since the 1840s. They were paid at lower rates than Europeans and tended to work in groups as engine crews, deck hands, cabin stewards and waiters. P & O officers were expected to be familiar with basic Hindustani to help with communication.
Date made 1930-1939

Artist/Maker Marine Photo Service
Place made Onboard the tender of 'Viceroy of India' (1929)
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials Cellulose acetate negative
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  • Three Lascars of the 'Viceroy of India' (1929), standing behind the wheel of one of the ship's tenders. (P85233)
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