Man and woman kissing across two vessels, 1920-1939

This photograph depicts a man and a woman kissing, with the woman possibly on board the tug CHAMPION. The CHAMPION was built for J & A Brown of Newcastle, New South Wales in 1895 and has been described as Australia's foremost tug of its time. It was used for difficult and deep sea towing and salvage jobs. It went as far afield as New Zealand, Fiji, and New Caledonia in its career from 1895 to 1954.


This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 60-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century.


The ANMM undertakes research and accepts public comments that enhance the information we hold about images in our collection. This record has been updated accordingly.


Photographer: Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection


Object no. 00035634

  • nugget1958 3y

    Think the woman might be aboard the tug Champion . The last three letters ( ion) plus
    the bow fender looks like a tugs
  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons PRO 3y

    nugget1958 Thanks nugget1958, you might be right actually. It would be nice if we had more information about this photograph. Thank you again for pointing that out, our records have been updated.
  • anne1946 6mo

    The woman looks almost like the lower left one standing in the rigging in
    Three women standing on shrouds on board a ship, 1920-1939 by Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons

    The clothes are the same.
  • quasymody PRO 3mo Struth! This kissing pic (along with the pic of the girls up the rigging) appeared on the front page of the Truth, on 27 February, 1927...accompanying a steamy article about four Sydney girls who'd become romantically involved with sailors from the German ship the Gustav. It's not entirely clear whether the Sam Hood pics had anything to do with the story in question...for all we know, the pics might have been in the sTruth's image library and were simply used to fill out a racy story...but maybe they're the real deal.

    There are several Sam Hood pics of the Gustav in the ANMM collection...see comments here
    German four-masted barque GUSTAV departing Sydney by Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
  • beachcomberaustralia 3mo

    quasymody Terrific stuff - almost bodice-ripping yarn quality! I wonder why it took the Truth several weeks to publish the hot story with three of Sam Hood's photos. I had the departure date as 1/2/1927 (see comments on photo above), which may be wrong.
  • quasymody PRO 3mo

    beachcomberaustralia Various recently digitised newspapers confirm your date, eg. ...the delay at the Truth might have been due to a backlog of racy illicit romance stories...
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Taken circa 1930
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