I would like to identify the ship name and origin (from this link)

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Addtional info with picture -
Caption: Children evacuated from the interior by boat arriving in Beirut
Year Created: 1922
Source: Near East Foundation archives

  • You need to add something to the question, to tell us what's going on and why you think it's happening in 1922. – Spencer Jan 1 '17 at 20:57
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    Given the photo caption (i.e. arriving from the interior by boat) it's possible that the ship in the background may be unrelated to the foreground subjects. – Steve Bird Jan 1 '17 at 21:12
  • It is just me or the ship seems to be off-balance? As if she had hit the ground or was partially flooded? – SJuan76 Jan 1 '17 at 23:17
  • The same picture is at flickr.com/photos/mennonitechurchusa-archives/14000328767/in/… and if the children came to Beirut via Caesarea then I would guess it could be quite possible that they came by boat along the coast – Henry Jan 1 '17 at 23:41
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    The funnel colours do not obviously match anything in this (1912) book of shipping line markings, suggesting either a company founded postwar, or a very minor one - research.mysticseaport.org/item/l011061 – Andrew Jan 2 '17 at 12:40

I could not find any direct information on the ship, but did find another image of what appears to be the same ship, present on another web page describing operations of the Near East Foundation group in 1922, this time at the fire at Smyrna.enter image description here

After linking the ship to the Near East Relief efforts, reading some of the early accounts of the events of the time led to this passage from The Interior, Volume 53, dated November 30 1922:

One such message from Athens reads as follows The evacuation of all Asia Minor orphans is necessary All Greek children are already enroute The Armenians are following immediately The steamship Belgravian chartered by Near East Relief is evacuating from Samsoun direct to Greece Steamship Marta is proceeding with Syrian and Nestorian refugees from Constantinople to Mosul via Alexandretta Marta will then proceed to Mersine to evacuate 3,000 orphans from that port to Beirut We are establishing a skeleton organization in Greece to make arrangements the orphans The steamship Marie Louise is evacuating the remainder of the Kouleli boys also Constantinople orphans located on the Asiatic side or in requisitioned buildings...

So I believe the ship in question may have been the Marta, according to the records concerning the relief operations at the time. Unfortunately I haven't any more info on the Marta, yet.

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