Inspired by my recent virtual visit with photo detective Maureen Taylor (see last two posts), I decided to follow the trail of the actual photographer who is supposed to be one Ernest Mauder.
I contacted the New Brunswick Museum Archives & Research Library, Canada and they searched their archives for information. What they came up with was intriguing. Herbert Ernest Maunder (not Mauder) was an amateur photographer from St. John’s, Newfoundland, rather than Saint John, New Brunswick.
Amber McAlpine, Archival Assistant also searched the database for ships arriving in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1905 and only found two: the “Ocamo” and the “Dahomé”, neither of which were Red Star Line ships. She suggests that the caption on the photo or information regarding the picture may be wrong and that the image was really taken in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where the photographer was actually based. Searching online I found other images (including one of Amelia Earhart!) taken by this photographer… but they were all from Newfoundland, not New Brunswick.
So, it is possible that the girl’s picture was really taken by a photographer named Ernest Maudler in St. John’s, Newfoundland, rather than by an Ernest Mauder in New Brunswick. There is no record in the New Brunswick archives of a photographer there called Ernest Mauder. If so, we need to shift our focus of ships arriving in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1905 to ships arriving in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1905.
The mystery deepens.