Colourised postcard of the French ship La Lorraine at the Le Harvre port. The La Lorraine was a French steamship built in 1899 as part of a pair with La Savoie. In the early 20th century she served as a passenger liner between Le Harve and New York until August 1914 when she was converted for troop transport as an auxillery cruiser. She returned to civilian service in 1919 and was scrapped in 1922.

Acquired as part of a collection of material relating to the World War I service of brothers John and Albert Victor Peile. The missive on the back of the postcard is signed by 'Jack,' which is actually a reference to John Peile as ST 40697 is also signed from 'Jack' and lists his service number (2662) with the return address.

Description of Content

Colourised photograph of a ship, with inscription above.

Physical Description

Colour postcard.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Returned and Services League (RSL) Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Public Life & Institutions

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Mrs Margaret J. Hitchens, 1986

  • Author

    Private John '. Peile - Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 2 Aug 1917

  • Format

    Postcard, Colourised

  • Inscriptions

    Handwritten on front: '[See Multimedia tab] / 52 LA HAVRE. - Le Paquebet "La Lorraine", Cie Transatlantique. - LL.' Printed on back: 'Carte Postale / Correspondance LL Addresse / Modele Depose' Handwritten on back: '2/8/17 / Dear Mother / A post-Card to let you know / I am alright. & hope you are both keeping / well. it is beginning to get cold on this side / of the Globe. received your letter dated June 3rd / pleased to hear you have quite settled down into your / new home & hope to be there with you all before long / I get your letters more regular here then elsewhere & we / all look forward to them. well dear ones at home / hoping you are all in the best of health & will / close with fondest love from your affect. son / Jack' Printed vertically on back centre: 'LEVY FILS & CIE, PARIS.'

  • Classification

    Military history, Service, Troop ships

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • References

    'Liner La Lorraine,' at: [Link 1] accessed: June 15, 2012

  • Keywords

    World War I, 1914-1918