‘674 Launch of the Sao Paulo at Barrow’ 1909 Edward Sankey

© Sankey Family Photography Collection.

rLaunch of the Sao Paulo at Barrow

674 (Unidentified Album 4119)​

April 1909

Written by Stephe Cove

Soulby’s Ulverston Advertiser and General Intelligencer on Thursday 22 April 1909 featured both a launch and a re-launch on the same page:


“In beautiful weather and in sight of an immense crowd of spectators, the first class battleship Sao Paulo, built by Messrs Vickers, Sons and Maxim for the Brazilian Government, was launched at Barrow on Monday morning. It was a magnificent spectacle, and the great vessel slid down the grease covered slipway in majestic fashion and dipped into the Walney channel, making a graceful curtsey to the assembled multitude… Across on Walney Island the shore was fringed with a gay holiday throng who enjoyed an excellent view of the launch. The ship presented a striking picture as she lay perched in front of the launching platform, in her fresh mantle of red and white paint, and her dainty and highly coloured coat of arms which decorated her bow.”