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Raft Collection

Journeying through history and adventure, the raft has been a vessel of exploration and escape

Background imageRaft Collection: White water rafting

White water rafting, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, Pacific

Background imageRaft Collection: Silhouette, Hope Springs Eternal in the Human Breast

Silhouette, Hope Springs Eternal in the Human Breast
Hope Springs Eternal in the Human Breast -- silhouette showing a shipwrecked man standing on a raft, waving to a ship on the horizon

Background imageRaft Collection: Bathing Beauty 1924

Bathing Beauty 1924
The last pose of summer: a slim woman in her swimsuit on a diving board, while others watch from a raft

Background imageRaft Collection: Traditional Chinese cormorant fisherman, Li River, near Xingping, China

Traditional Chinese cormorant fisherman, Li River, near Xingping, China

Background imageRaft Collection: Medusa Raft - 1

Medusa Raft - 1
When French ship wrecks on the African coast, all take to boats, towing a raft; but the boats abandon the raft with 157 on it, who suffer terribly and fight, only 15 surviving. Date: July 1816

Background imageRaft Collection: Huckleberry Finn and Jim on the raft

Huckleberry Finn and Jim on the raft, opening illustration to chapter XII. Date: 1888

Background imageRaft Collection: Hannibal crossing the Rhone River

Hannibal crossing the Rhone River
SECOND PUNIC WAR: Hannibal, the Carthaginian leader, crossing the Rhone River, probably near Aurasio in present-day France

Background imageRaft Collection: Crew of the Medusa on the Raft

Crew of the Medusa on the Raft

Background imageRaft Collection: Rafting furs from the northwoods to market

Rafting furs from the northwoods to market
Fur traders steering a raft through rapids of a river. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRaft Collection: The raft of the Medusa seeing the Argus offshore. in '

The raft of the Medusa seeing the Argus offshore. in "
XEE4405017 The raft of the Medusa seeing the Argus offshore. in " Histoire generale de la marine" by Van Tenac, 1850

Background imageRaft Collection: Papua, New Guinea, native village

Papua, New Guinea, native village
Native village on Humboldt Bay, Papua, New Guinea, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRaft Collection: Waterfront scene at Huanchaco in northern Peru

Waterfront scene at Huanchaco in northern Peru, where locals relax next to totora (reed) boats stacked along the beach. PERU, La Libertad, Huanchaco

Background imageRaft Collection: Crusoe on his Raft

Crusoe on his Raft
Crusoe on his raft, salvages as much as he can from the wrecked ship

Background imageRaft Collection: CARTOON: NAPOLEON, c1807. The Imperial Embrace on the Raft or Boneys New Drop

CARTOON: NAPOLEON, c1807. The Imperial Embrace on the Raft or Boneys New Drop. Drawing by Charles Williams, c1807

Background imageRaft Collection: Whitewater rafting down the Snake River in Wyoming. snake, river, snake river

Whitewater rafting down the Snake River in Wyoming. snake, river, snake river
Whitewater rafting down the Snake River in Wyoming

Background imageRaft Collection: NORTH CAROLINA: WILMINGTON. View of the city and harbor of Wilmington, North Carolina

NORTH CAROLINA: WILMINGTON. View of the city and harbor of Wilmington, North Carolina. Wood engraving, American, 1853

Background imageRaft Collection: Robinson Crusoe after the shipwreck (chromolitho)

Robinson Crusoe after the shipwreck (chromolitho)
735900 Robinson Crusoe after the shipwreck (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Robinson Crusoe after the shipwreck)

Background imageRaft Collection: Boys on rafts and tin-bath boats. Circa 1946

Boys on rafts and tin-bath boats. Circa 1946

Background imageRaft Collection: The Muiderpoort, Amsterdam, seen from the Plantage, 1771. Creator: Hendrick Keun

The Muiderpoort, Amsterdam, seen from the Plantage, 1771. Creator: Hendrick Keun
The Muiderpoort, Amsterdam, seen from the Plantage, 1771

Background imageRaft Collection: Biebrich Palace, Wiesbaden, Germany, c1820. Artist: Carl Mayer

Biebrich Palace, Wiesbaden, Germany, c1820. Artist: Carl Mayer
Biebrich Palace, Wiesbaden, Germany, c1820. Built in Baroque style in 1702 by Prince Georg August Samuel of Nassau-Idstein

Background imageRaft Collection: Down the Severn in a Sheep Trough

Down the Severn in a Sheep Trough. A boy paddles a raft he has built from a sheep trough and two barrels

Background imageRaft Collection: Troops over Volga

Troops over Volga
Soviet support troops cross the Volga by raft

Background imageRaft Collection: Men in dugout canoe near Devil Island, Comarca de Kuna Yala, San Blas Islands

Men in dugout canoe near Devil Island, Comarca de Kuna Yala, San Blas Islands, Panama, Central America

Background imageRaft Collection: Tourists sightseeing on a raft on the Kenai River, Alaska, United States of America

Tourists sightseeing on a raft on the Kenai River, Alaska, United States of America, North America

Background imageRaft Collection: Rafting on the Martha Brae River

Rafting on the Martha Brae River, Jamaica, Caribbean, West Indies

Background imageRaft Collection: Chinese man gathering seagrass on Li Jiang River, Guangxi Province, China, Asia

Chinese man gathering seagrass on Li Jiang River, Guangxi Province, China, Asia

Background imageRaft Collection: Canal of water lily, Satla, Barisal, Bangladesh

Canal of water lily, Satla, Barisal, Bangladesh

Background imageRaft Collection: A boat man crossing river with full of algae, Sirajganj, Bangladesh

A boat man crossing river with full of algae, Sirajganj, Bangladesh

Background imageRaft Collection: Views of Amsterdam. Plate 3. De Meulende Blaeu brugh, 1663-1690. Creator: Abraham Blooteling

Views of Amsterdam. Plate 3. De Meulende Blaeu brugh, 1663-1690. Creator: Abraham Blooteling
Views of Amsterdam. Plate 3. De Meulende Blaeu brugh, 1663-1690. Depicting the windmill near the Blauwbrug in Amsterdam.

Background imageRaft Collection: An Exploring Party on the West Coast of New Zealand: floating down the River Teramakau, 1865

An Exploring Party on the West Coast of New Zealand: floating down the River Teramakau, 1865. Creator: Unknown
An Exploring Party on the West Coast of New Zealand: floating down the River Teramakau, 1865. Engraving from a sketch by Albert Walker

Background imageRaft Collection: Life on the Water

Life on the Water
Kieron Long

Background imageRaft Collection: Life on the Water

Life on the Water
Kieron Long

Background imageRaft Collection: 8626020

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Background imageRaft Collection: Vie quotidienne et coutumes du Perou : 'Indiens pechant avec un filet' Aquarelle tiree du livre

Vie quotidienne et coutumes du Perou : "Indiens pechant avec un filet" Aquarelle tiree du livre
AIS5386303 Vie quotidienne et coutumes du Perou : "Indiens pechant avec un filet" Aquarelle tiree du livre "Trujillo del Peru" par Baltasar Martinez Companon y Bajanda

Background imageRaft Collection: Sketch of the situation of the Winterton, on Tuesday the 21 August 1792

Sketch of the situation of the Winterton, on Tuesday the 21 August 1792, in the forenoon when some rafts were leaving
7341672 Sketch of the situation of the Winterton, on Tuesday the 21 August 1792, in the forenoon when some rafts were leaving the ship, 19th century (etching) by Lizars

Background imageRaft Collection: An engraving depicting a pottery raft in Upper Egypt. Ceramic fans were roped together

An engraving depicting a pottery raft in Upper Egypt. Ceramic fans were roped together, opening upwards
5311215 An engraving depicting a pottery raft in Upper Egypt. Ceramic fans were roped together, opening upwards, their tops covered with rushes

Background imageRaft Collection: Representation of the French raft supposed to invade Great Britain in 1798 (engraving)

Representation of the French raft supposed to invade Great Britain in 1798 (engraving)
NMM5619609 Representation of the French raft supposed to invade Great Britain in 1798 (engraving); 27x39 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageRaft Collection: The new world, the discovery of the Americas: Doctor Crevaux

The new world, the discovery of the Americas: Doctor Crevaux and Apatou on a raft navigate the rapids
5313703 The new world, the discovery of the Americas: Doctor Crevaux and Apatou on a raft navigate the rapids.; SeM Studio/UIG

Background imageRaft Collection: Sindbad on his Raft (colour litho)

Sindbad on his Raft (colour litho)
8648416 Sindbad on his Raft (colour litho) by Ward, Enoch (1859-1922); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sindbad on his Raft)

Background imageRaft Collection: Coco-Nuts, 2, Floating a raft of Coco-nuts to the mill, Philippine Islands (colour litho)

Coco-Nuts, 2, Floating a raft of Coco-nuts to the mill, Philippine Islands (colour litho)
8659395 Coco-Nuts, 2, Floating a raft of Coco-nuts to the mill, Philippine Islands (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Coco-Nuts, 2)

Background imageRaft Collection: 8626084

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Background imageRaft Collection: A pottery raft on the River Nile, 1850

A pottery raft on the River Nile, 1850
3330786 A pottery raft on the River Nile, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a pottery raft on the River Nile. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageRaft Collection: A young man and woman floating on a raft, 1850

A young man and woman floating on a raft, 1850
3330787 A young man and woman floating on a raft, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a young man and woman floating on a raft. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageRaft Collection: Napoleon Bonaparte meeting Russian Tsar Alexander on a raft in the middle of the Neman River

Napoleon Bonaparte meeting Russian Tsar Alexander on a raft in the middle of the Neman River, for the Treaty of Tilsit
FLO4608596 Napoleon Bonaparte meeting Russian Tsar Alexander on a raft in the middle of the Neman River, for the Treaty of Tilsit, 1807

Background imageRaft Collection: Illustration by Riou of Jules Verne's novel ' Journey to the Centre of the Earth'

Illustration by Riou of Jules Verne's novel " Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
PCT4260774 Illustration by Riou of Jules Verne's novel " Journey to the Centre of the Earth": the raft on the sea Lidenbrock - edition HETZEL 1867; (add.info)

Background imageRaft Collection: Chinese men cormorant fishing on a raft in the river, Qing Dynasty

Chinese men cormorant fishing on a raft in the river, Qing Dynasty. Fishing cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis
FLO4590529 Chinese men cormorant fishing on a raft in the river, Qing Dynasty. Fishing cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis

Background imageRaft Collection: Un nouveau raft de la Meduse - Cover of 'The Eye of the Police', 1913 (engraving)

Un nouveau raft de la Meduse - Cover of "The Eye of the Police", 1913 (engraving)
ICA4950467 Un nouveau raft de la Meduse - Cover of "The Eye of the Police", 1913 (engraving); Private Collection; Photo © Caricadoc

Background imageRaft Collection: A Russian military raft using ox skins as floats, 1850

A Russian military raft using ox skins as floats, 1850
3330756 A Russian military raft using ox skins as floats, 1850; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a Russian military raft using ox skins as floats. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG



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Journeying through history and adventure, the raft has been a vessel of exploration and escape. From the mythical Medusa Raft to the iconic Huckleberry Finn and Jim on their daring escapades, it symbolizes freedom on untamed waters. In 1924's Bathing Beauty, it becomes a stage for elegance amidst nature's beauty. The adrenaline rush of white water rafting down the Snake River in Wyoming brings thrill-seekers together with nature's mighty force. In traditional Chinese culture, witness the grace of cormorant fishermen navigating Li River near Xingping. Hannibal crossing the Rhone River showcases strategic brilliance as he defies obstacles in his conquests. Even Napoleon finds himself depicted in cartoons aboard a raft, showcasing both satire and political commentary. From Papua New Guinea's native villages to Robinson Crusoe stranded after shipwreck, rafts become symbols of survival against all odds. Silhouettes against sunset skies remind us that hope springs eternal within our hearts. Whether conquering rapids or seeking solace amidst calm waters, rafts have carried humanity through time with resilience and determination. They embody our innate desire for exploration and connection with nature’s elements.