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MV Edmund Rhoades

With the large Lake Nyasa and river systems straddling the entire length of the colony, it made sense to rely on boats and ships for communications. The Government motor launch was called the Edmund Rhodes. This particular photograph was taken in October 1963 in Nkhata Bay.

The name came from World War one, when Captain Edmund Rhoades instigated the very first naval action of World War One on Lake Nyasa when he commanded the SS Gwendolyn to attack the German Hermann von Wissman which was still on the slipway. The Germans were unaware that the war had even broken out.

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