Herbert Ford-Lindsay


The SS Lugano, on charter to the German Lloyd Steamship Company, was carrying a cargo of timber and copper ingots when it caught fire off Hastings

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Ford-Lindsay was born in about 1876 at Peckham Rye. In 1907, he and his wife, Ethel (born at Hastings in about 1882), and daughter Brenda (born in 1904 at Hastings) were living at 141 Harold Road (see Pike's 1907 Hastings Directory). By 1911 Ford-Lindsay had moved with his wife and daughter to 61a Ashburnham Road in Hastings, where he remained for many years. In 1939 he and Ethel were living at Ritz Court Mansions, 66 Marina.

In 1911 Ford-Lindsay was an assistant overseer for the Borough of Hastings. He seems to have dabbled in postcard publishing in a rather dilettante way, and his cards, which have his name on the back, are very elusive. Shown above is his card of the SS Lugano, which caught fire in the Channel in April 1906. It was later brought to Hastings harbour where the fire was extinguished. A salvage tug then towed the ship to Dover and on to Hamburg. The card shown is a wide bordered, black and white real photographic with a green back. Not all Ford-Lindsay's cards have borders or captions, and some may have been issued anonymously. He was still producing new cards in August 1912.

Ford-Lindsay died at Hastings towards the end of 1961 at the age of 86.

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