Slice of history goes under the hammer

The Homeric
The Homeric

Part of Germany’s Great War reparations will go under the hammer next month at a fund-raising auction in aid of the Dibble Tree Theatre.

On May 10 there will be a special party, fete and auction to celebrate the 21st birthday of the Dibble Tree Theatre which has over the years provided a great home for a number of groups including Carnoustie Theatre Club, Stage Stars dance and drama company and many more.

The organisers have acquired a number of special pieces for the auction, which will have lots for both adults and children.

The highlight of the auction however is a rather unusual lot, two chairs salvaged from the theatre of a German ship.

Originally called the Columbus, the cruise liner was built in Danzig and launched in 1913. Following Germany’s defeat, the Columbus was ceded to Britain as part of Germany’s post-war reparations.

In 1920 the Columbus was sold to the White Star Line and renamed Homeric.

She was one of the first ships to operate exclusively as a cruise liner and spent much of her time between British ports and the Mediterranean until 1934 when she was scrapped due to the ailing fortunes of her operators.

Despite being scrapped much of her interior survived, with the Rex Cinema in Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire, preserving much of the salvaged décor.

Guide & Gazette reporter Johnston Ralston has been talked into acting as auctioneer for the evening and Councillor Brian Boyd will also be there on the night making sure all runs smoothly.

More details of the fete and auction will be published as they become available.