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Dervish steamer 'Telawaia' [i.e. Tewfikiya] bringing news of foreigners at Fashoda, 1898

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3042C/185

Scope and Contents

79 x 79 mm. A view showing the paddle steamer moored off Omdurman. The steamer arrived on September 7 unaware that Omdurman had fallen to Kitchener. On questioning, the dervishes aboard stated that they had been fired on at Fashoda by troops under European command and Kitchener realised that Marchand and his men had reached Fashoda before him. This was the start of the Fashoda Incident which came close to bringing England and France to war and which resulted in the name of Fashoda being changed to Kodok. The photograph is stuck on to an album page entitled 'Omdurman'.


  • Creation: 1898


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Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair condition.


For more information about the paddle steamer see: Sandes, E.W.C. (1937), The Royal Engineers in Egypt and the Sudan, Chatham : Institution of Royal Engineers. Also: Royle, Charles (1900), The Egyptian campaigns, revised edition, London : Hurst and Blackett. Both these works refer to the boat as 'Tewfikiya'.



Finding aid date

2003-11-14 15:24:39+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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