Papers relating to the LMS Steamer S.S. Good News, including: signed agreement, 15 Apr 1882, between Messrs Forrest & Son of Britannia Yard Millwall, Shipbuilders, and R. Wardlaw Thompson of the London Missionary Society, re the building of a steam launch for the Society [S.S. Good News]; Plan for 'Steam Launch for Lake Tanganyika, London Missionary Society' (scale 3/4 inch to 1 foot) produced by Forrest & Son for George Skelton (stamped 'Forrest & Son, Yacht & Boat Builders, Limehouse, London); plan of the same showing 'Disposition of Plating'; plan of same re 'Midship Section of Plating'; letter from James Roxburgh, 3 Mar 1885, from Lake Tanganyika at the time of the launch of the Good News [Roxburgh was the shipbuilder who put the Good News together on the Lake]; letters from Edward Coode Hore [Engineer with the London Missionary Society, Central Africa Mission, 1877-1890, oversaw the construction of the Good News on Lake Tanganyika from July 1883, based at Kavala Island], 1886-1887, including diagrams of Lake Tanganyika in connection with the Good News; additional letter from [?], Jul 1889, with details of the Good News; photograph of the hull of the Good News on land, Kituta, after being damaged during the War [World War I].
Also includes miscellaneous letters re the Central Africa Mission, 1918-1927; 'London Missionary Society. Central African Mission. Report of the Commissioners, May-July 1905'; press cuttings re the Central Africa Mission and missionaries; typescript list of Tanganyika Expeditions, 1877-1882, with the names of missionaries involved; typescript extract from Lovett's history of the LMS re accidental shooting of Dr Southon on 24 Jun 1882.