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Hospital Ship "PRINCESS OF WALES"


Caption reads: Shipping Apollinaris on board the " Princess of Wales " Hospital-Ship at Southampton Docks on March 20 [1900]

A wound in Ladysmith in the last days of the long siege must almost have been a boon, if it meant that the wounded man changed his quarters, leaving behind him the fever-stricken military enclosure and proceeding to the Hospital Camp at Intombi. Even there was such privation as made invalids, once the siege was over, enjoy to the full the minor delights of life, including draughts of Apollinaris Water, cases of which are to be seen in our illustration all ready for shipment on the Princess of Wales at Southampton

Source: ILN, Page 482 of 7 Apr 1900

The steam-yacht Midnight Sun, so well known to Norway tourists, has now completed her equipment as a hospital-ship, and has been re-christened The Princess of Wales.

The Red Cross Society has done its work very thoroughly, and the vessel is now an excellent example of what a hospital-ship should be. sOur illustration {not available] shows the wards, operating-room, dispensary, the officers' ward, and a group of attendant nurses. The officers' ward has been named the Princess Victoria Ward, and contains four swinging cots, each divided by curtains and fitted with its own electric light and bell. On the main-deck is the operating-room, with anæsthetic appliances and the Röntgen ray apparatus. In this room last week a skiagraph of the Princess of Wales's hand was taken. On the same deck is the Alexandra Ward, containing forty cots, eight of them swinging. On the orlop deck, beneath the Alexandra Ward, is the Princess Louise Ward, with fifty-two beds. Forward on the main-deck is the Princess Maud Ward, with thirty beds, intended mainly for medical cases. Beneath this is the convalescent ward. On the main-deck is the dispensary, which is superbly fitted up. Its bottles, mortars, and other implements of the mediciner's craft are carefully secured.

Source: ILN, Page 824 of 9 Dec 1899

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