No , they are the pure passenger types , minimal hold space accessed through a foredeck hatch .
Built for the North Atlantic Run ie Europe to US , they are specialised ships keeping to very tight schedules , and
cargo handling ( except at their minimal levels ) would be a time consuming nuisance AND not particularly profitable , given the free availability of specialised cargo carriers of all types on that route .
Typical freight would be passengers own "excess baggage" , Mail (including parcels) , and small consignments of high value -- gold bullion going from bank to bank for one example , where the banks want it there as fast as possible , and not mixed up with a mass of other stuff in a cargo warehouse somewhere .
Lusitania's small packet of ammunition was a case of Wartime emergency , where you are putting freight into any shipping space that is available .I think that was smallarms ammunition in cases , which is pretty stable stuff , compared to , say , dynamite , for which you would have to build a wooden magazine chamber in the hold , all fastened with copper nails .
Normally you wouldn't dream of putting anything classed as Dangerous Cargo into a passenger ship .
As with the Mail , the ship flies a single International code flag to tell everyone seeing her that (In the case of Mails ) "Give me priority" , and for the other " I have dangerous cargo aboard . Keep well clear of me "
The ship in the photo is designed for a run where there is sufficient steady passenger traffic , but not the mass movements of people you see going Europe to the U S and back , and the requirement to ship a fair quantity of ( in this case light weight - because the gear is small ) cargo as well .
If she IS an Italian , then one possibility MIGHT be Italy to the river Plate , many Italians emigrated to South America , as did many Germans , and there were regular runs to and fro ; but the extent of the awning frames make me think Far East .
She is laying well out in a roadstead , which might indicate there is no deepwater quay , or more likely , that these are busy .
There is the bows of another anchored merchantman showing beyond her bows , with what might be a big shore or dockyard crane in the distance , and behind her stern is a third , distant merchant ship , empty of cargo .
I'm not certain , but there MAY be a big warship there . If you magnify the area of the very stern of the wreck , you can make out another of the sailing "whalers" , a third one , on the same tack as the first - the sails that is , beyond the wreck .
move your vision slightly forward on the wreck to the skeleton frame of the after "bridge" sticking up . Between and slightly above are two very distant masts sticking up , each having a big platform halfway up . There also appears to be a square flag at the top of the slightly taller mast .
That MIGHT be a pre-dreadnought battleship , dreadnought or armoured cruiser , nearly bows on to you , with an admiral's flag at the foremasthead .
These ships lingered in many ports as guardships after their seagoing days were over , so it doesn't help much with location or year , but it tells us this isnt some out-of-the-way place . ---- If I'm not imagining it .
The seaborne freighting system all still goes on today , except we dont see it anymore because the humans are going by (faster and cheaper) aeroplanes now , and a lot of the cargo is going in anonymous Container ships , Bulk carriers , Tankers , and the rest usually in a general purpose , pure cargo handling "tramp" .
There are still a few specialists ; - Liquified petroleum gas carriers , motor-car transporters , heavy lift ships and so on , but like the others nearly all of them are Flagged in Panama or Liberia , assembled in some factory dockyard from pre-fabricated units , and sail under charter rather than for a traditional Line .
Progress , but in a way its a shame because there was a time when you could look round a harbour and pick out where a ship had been built , what Company she was working for , what trade she was in , etc , just by looking at the ships .
" Relax ! No-one else is going to be fool enough to be sailing about in this fog ."