'Yacht' piano allocated to the SS Guildford Castle
December 10, 2009
Hi, sorry to trouble you but I am the piano technician for John Broadwood & Sons... we have in our hands a fairly plain folding piano sometimes called a 'yacht' piano. nothing special about it and it needs a lot of work. The interesting thing is that apparently the shipping line (presumably Union Castle) comissioned 30 of these from Broadwoods in about 1910, and this particular beast was allocated to the Guildford Castle and stayed on board for the whole war being used by troops on the ship. At the end of the war the other pianos went back into store but this one was sent to an officers mess in Surrey where it served for a good few years. I'd like to find out more about it, perhaps some photos somewhere - can you point me to any archives anywhere? It would be nice tto think that someone or someones who were on the ship at the end of the war were so attached to the piano (which is very small though quite as heavy as your usual upright type) that they liberated it for use in their mess. I don't know if you can help but good old Google threw you up.
Here are some details of SS Guilford Castle including a photo,
Launched 1911: ss GUILDFORD CASTLE