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Steam Ship Collection

"From I K Brunel to the RMS Titanic

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Union-Castle Line poster

Union-Castle Line poster
South and East Africa, Madeira and the Canaries with the Union-Castle Line offering a fast mail service and an address for the head office in Fenchurch Street, London

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: I K Brunel before the hauling chains of the Great Eastern

I K Brunel before the hauling chains of the Great Eastern

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: The New Tyne Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne

The New Tyne Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne with the swing bridge in the foreground. The bridge was opened by King George V on 10th October 1928 Date: circa 1930

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Union-Castle Line

Union-Castle Line
Poster advertising the Union-Castle Line, a shipping line that operated a fleet of passenger liners and freighters between Europe and Africa from 1900 to 1977

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Barry Island poster

Barry Island poster
Daily steamship service to Barry Island, Wales

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern, 1857, printed 1863-64

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Painting of the Lusitania

Painting of the Lusitania
A framed painting by B Parr, dated 1919, of the SS Lusitania, a passenger ship which was torpedoed without warning by a German U-boat in May 1915

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Lancastria Steamship

Lancastria Steamship
Passenger liner and mail steamer of the Cunard White Star Line

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Liverpool Docks

Liverpool Docks
The Princes Half-tide Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, showing a steam ship pulling an industrial barge

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd

British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd
A poster advertising the British India Steam Navigation Company, better known as B.I. and its shipping agent Gray Dawes & Co. of London

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: French Line Normandie poster

French Line Normandie poster
French Line poster for the SS Normandie ocean liner, the worlds most perfect ship

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Union-Castle

Union-Castle
Advertising poster for Union-Castle, Mail Steamship Company Limited, featuring a liner running from Southampton to Cape Town and vice versa next to small sailing dinghies

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: QUEEN MARY

QUEEN MARY
Cunard White Star liner - at the time, both the largest and the fastest ship of her kind in the world, with accommodation for 5000 passengers. Date: launched 26 Sept. 1934

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: The RMS Titanic as she sailed from Southampton, England 1912

The RMS Titanic as she sailed from Southampton, England 1912

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Union-Castle liner

Union-Castle liner
The Windsor Castle, a steamship of the Union-Castle line, recognisable by the lavender hull and red and black funnel

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Poster advertising Finland

Poster advertising Finland, land of romance. A steamship cruises through tranquil waters

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Sinking of the Titanic

Sinking of the Titanic
Titanics stern in the air as the ship sinks in the North Atlantic, 1912. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of an illustration from eyewitness reports

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: TITANIC: MENU, 1912. Menu for third-class passengers on board the White Star liner Titanic

TITANIC: MENU, 1912. Menu for third-class passengers on board the White Star liner Titanic, 14 April 1912, on the voyage which would end later that day when the ship sank after colliding with an

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Poster advertising Shaw Savill & Albion Line

Poster advertising Shaw Savill & Albion Line round the world tours to New Zealand direct, via the Panama Canal. Through bookings to Australia and Tasmania by Royal Mail steamers

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Great Eastern 1857

Great Eastern 1857
The steamship of Brunel & Scott Russell in full steam

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Poster advertising Boulogne sur Mer, France

Poster advertising Boulogne sur Mer, France
Poster for French railways, advertising Boulogne sur Mer and its Casino

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Paris, Paris all the way to New York

Paris, Paris all the way to New York. When you board any French Line ship you step right into Paris itself! French Line C.G.T. (Compagnie Generale Transatlantique) poster for the SS Paris ocean liner

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Brunels SS Great Eastern, Milford Haven, South Wales

Brunels SS Great Eastern, Milford Haven, South Wales
Brunels iron sailing steamship, the SS Great Eastern, berthed at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, during the 1870s. The ship is so large that it runs the length of Hamilton Terrace

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Brooklyn Bridge when newly opened, 1883

Brooklyn Bridge when newly opened, 1883
Brooklyn Bridge over the East River, looking toward Manhattan, 1883. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: RMS Mauretania steamship, a Cunard liner, at sea

RMS Mauretania steamship, a Cunard liner, at sea, 1908 Date: 1908

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: The Terra Nova of Scotts Antarctic Expedition

The Terra Nova of Scotts Antarctic Expedition
The ship Terra Nova - the vessel used by Robert Falcon Scott (1868 -1912) for his South Polar Expedition in 1911-12. Built originally for the Dundee whaling and sealing fleet (launched 1884)

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Royal Line poster

Royal Line poster
Poster promoting Royal Line Northern Canadian railway system and Atlantic steamship service, showing a ship crossing the Atlantic on the way to Canada from Bristol

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: STEAMSHIP CAMERONIA

STEAMSHIP CAMERONIA
Anchor Line passenger ship sailing between Glasgow and New York

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Cunard Line - Ivernia, off New Brighton, c1910. Creator: Unknown

Cunard Line - Ivernia, off New Brighton, c1910. Creator: Unknown
Cunard Line - Ivernia, off New Brighton, c1910. The British ocean liner SS Ivernia, launched in 1899, was owned by the Cunard Line and built by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson of Newcastle upon Tyne

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: St. Johns - Newfoundland - Iceberg off the Narrows

St. Johns - Newfoundland - Iceberg off the Narrows
An Unwelcome Visitor off the Narrows, St. Johns - a huge and rather ominous iceberg at the entrance to the entrance from the sea toward St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: RMS Aquitania - Cunard Ocean Liner

RMS Aquitania - Cunard Ocean Liner - 45, 650 tonnes. Launched on 21st April 1913 and retired and scrapped in 1950 in Scotland

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Great Eastern laying transatlantic telegraph cable

Great Eastern laying transatlantic telegraph cable
Steamship " Great Eastern" attempting to lay telegraph cable across the Atlantic, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Battleship Maine entering Havana harbor, 1898

Battleship Maine entering Havana harbor, 1898
USS Maine saluting the Spanish flagship upon arrival in Havana harbor, 1898. Hand-colored halftone reproduction

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Japanese taking Port Arthur, 1894

Japanese taking Port Arthur, 1894
Japanese warships taking Port Arthur, Manchuria, during the Sino-Japanese War, 1894. Printed color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: EVCW2A-00109

EVCW2A-00109
Admiral David G. Farragut in the rigging during the Battle of Mobile Bay, 1864, American Civil War. Hand-colored photogravure of a W.H. Overend painting

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Empress of Britain poster

Empress of Britain poster
Poster advertising the Empress of Britain of the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company, the worlds greatest travel system, according to the poster

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Poster advertising Union Castle Mail Steamship Company

Poster advertising Union Castle Mail Steamship Company
Poster advertising the Union Castle Mail Steamship Company Limited, South African Royal Mail Service. Donald Currie & Co, Managers

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: South America by Royal Mail

South America by Royal Mail
Poster for Royal Mail Lines Ltd - South America by Royal Mail - depicting a large ocean-going steamship

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Neptune Steamship

Neptune Steamship
Since this paddle steamer is depicted on the Elbe, it is doubtless employed on the England to Hamburg run. The other ship is the Caledonia

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Compagnie Generale Transatlantique

Compagnie Generale Transatlantique
Poster advertising Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, the French shipping company, illustrated by the S.S. Ile de France, its first ship to be decorated in Art Deco

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Wine shipping poster

Wine shipping poster
Ste Navale de L Ouest, transport des vins - poster for a French wine shipping company showing men on the dock waiting to load barrels of wine on to a steamship

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Royal Line poster

Royal Line poster
Poster produced by the Royal Line shipping company claiming to have the fastest service from Britain to Canada, perfect for emigrants anxious to get there quickly!

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: The Hoe, Drakes Island and Mt Edgecumbe from the Citadel, published by Newman & Co

The Hoe, Drakes Island and Mt Edgecumbe from the Citadel, published by Newman & Co
KW310849 The Hoe, Drakes Island and Mt Edgecumbe from the Citadel, published by Newman & Co (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; Ken Welsh; English, out of copyright

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Littlehampton Pier

Littlehampton Pier
At Littlehampton Pier (which is complete with windmill and lighthouse), a steam tugboat brings a large sailing ship safely into port. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Messageries Maritimes poster

Messageries Maritimes poster
Poster illustrated by a stork advertising the arrival of the Felix Roussel of the Messageries Maritimes French steamship line

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Sarpedon Steamship

Sarpedon Steamship
Passenger liner of the Blue Funnel line

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Flags and Ships of the Great Steamship Companies, 1932

Flags and Ships of the Great Steamship Companies, 1932
Illustration of the Flags and Ships of the Steamship Companies offering ocean cruises in 1932, with a map of their routes. Lloyd Triestino, Booth, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, P.&O. Coast, B.&N

Background imageSteam Ship Collection: Advertising postcard for the Carron Line Ferries

Advertising postcard for the Carron Line Ferries which ran a service from London to Glasgow. A ferry boat ( The Avon ) is depicted here travelling under the Forth Rail Bridge



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"From I K Brunel to the RMS Titanic: A Journey through Steamship History" Step back in time and embark on a captivating voyage through the fascinating world of steamships. Let's start our journey with Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the visionary engineer who stood proudly before the hauling chains of his magnificent creation, the Great Eastern. This iconic moment marked a turning point in maritime history. As we sail further into this captivating narrative, we encounter the Union-Castle Line, renowned for its luxurious voyages connecting Britain and South Africa. The Barry Island poster beckons us to explore exotic destinations and experience unparalleled adventures aboard their majestic vessels. The British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd takes center stage next, offering an enchanting blend of elegance and exploration across vast oceans. Liverpool Docks come alive with bustling activity as these grand ships set sail towards distant horizons. Our eyes are then drawn to a mesmerizing painting capturing the tragic fate of Lusitania - a poignant reminder that even amidst opulence, danger lurks at sea. Yet resilience prevails as Lancastria Steamship emerges from adversity, symbolizing hope and strength during challenging times. Across borders, French Line Normandie entices travelers with its glamorous allure showcased in vibrant posters that transport us to an era filled with sophistication and style. Boulogne sur Mer awaits our arrival; its charm immortalized by an enticing advertisement inviting us to discover France's coastal gem. With each chapter unfolding like waves crashing against sturdy hulls, steamships have left an indelible mark on human history. They embody not only technological advancements but also tales of triumphs and tragedies etched forever within their decks. So let us celebrate these marvels that connected continents, bridging cultures while carrying dreams upon their mighty shoulders. From Brunel's pioneering spirit to Titanic's ill-fated voyage from Southampton in 1912 – steamships continue to captivate our imagination long after their final voyage.