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Steamer Collection

"Unleashing the Power of Steam: A Journey through Time and Seas" From I K Brunel's visionary designs to the hauling chains of the Great Eastern

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

I K Brunel before the hauling chains of the Great Eastern

Background imageSteamer Collection: The Fighting Temeraire, 1839 (oil on canvas)

The Fighting Temeraire, 1839 (oil on canvas)
BAL444 The Fighting Temeraire, 1839 (oil on canvas) by Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851); 90.8x121.9 cm; National Gallery, London

Background imageSteamer Collection: Einstein Plays Violin

Einstein Plays Violin
ALBERT EINSTEIN German born physicist. Playing the violin on board the steamer Deutschland from Europe to the USA

Background imageSteamer Collection: Littlehampton Harbour

Littlehampton Harbour
A paddle steamer chugs up the harbour beside the pier at Littlehampton, West Sussex

Background imageSteamer Collection: Guernsey & Jersey via Weymouth poster, about 1891

Guernsey & Jersey via Weymouth poster, about 1891
In 1889 the GWR began operating a steamship service to the Channel Islands. This poster shows the GWRs TSS Ibex, leaving harbour at Guernsey on its route across the Channel

Background imageSteamer Collection: Lancastria Steamship

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

Background imageSteamer Collection: Bay of Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, USA

Bay of Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, USA
View of the Bay of Avalon, with the Casino in the background, Casino Point, Santa Catalina Island, California, USA. Date: 1939

Background imageSteamer Collection: Broughty Ferry

Broughty Ferry
The harbour seen from the Castle; a neat little steamer is moored at the quay. Date: circa 1900

Background imageSteamer Collection: Budleigh Salterton

Budleigh Salterton
Trippers at this Devon resort embark on a tourist steamer able to come close to the beach thanks to the steeply shelving shoreline. A gulls eye view from the west

Background imageSteamer Collection: White Star dock with three liners, Southampton

White Star dock with three liners, Southampton
White Star dock at Southampton with three liners, RMS Aquitania, Mauretania and Olympic. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageSteamer Collection: The Mammoth Iron Steam-Ship Great Eastern

The Mammoth Iron Steam-Ship Great Eastern designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel Date: ca. 1873

Background imageSteamer Collection: Poster for Oban, Scotland

Poster for Oban, Scotland
Poster advertising Oban, the Charing Cross of the Scottish Highlands. Tours by steamer, coach and rail to all places of interest

Background imageSteamer Collection: Chris Reynolds Victorian fire engine cartoon

Chris Reynolds Victorian fire engine cartoon
Chris Reynolds was a fireman at Paddington fire station and a talented cartoon artist. He produced a series of LFB/MFB cartoons of which this is one

Background imageSteamer Collection: Old Fishguard Harbour, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Old Fishguard Harbour, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
View of the Old Fishguard Harbour, with a steamer and sailing ships, in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, before the GWR railway station was built

Background imageSteamer Collection: The Mew, River Dart, Devon, c1920s

The Mew, River Dart, Devon, c1920s
This view is taken from Kingswear looking over the River Dart to the town of Dartmouth. The ferry is a GWR steamer called the Mew. It ran from 1908 to 1954

Background imageSteamer Collection: Poster advertising Cunard from the UK to Canada

Poster advertising Cunard from the UK to Canada
Poster advertising Cunard departures from Liverpool and Belfast to Canada on the RMS Caronia and Carmania

Background imageSteamer Collection: Titanic 2nd Class Deck

Titanic 2nd Class Deck
Colour illustration depicting the Second Class Promenade Deck of the ill-fated Titanic. Passengers can be seen sitting on steamer and deck chairs

Background imageSteamer Collection: RMS Mauretania, First Class Lounge

RMS Mauretania, First Class Lounge Date: circa 1910s

Background imageSteamer Collection: A Busy Morning on the River Mersey, 1891

A Busy Morning on the River Mersey, 1891
OJ22788 A Busy Morning on the River Mersey, 1891 by Krause, Francis (19th century); Private Collection; eAckermann Johnson; German, out of copyright

Background imageSteamer Collection: Steamer Point, Aden, Yemen - Bathing Pool at the Lido

Steamer Point, Aden, Yemen - Bathing Pool at the Lido - Sappers Bay. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageSteamer Collection: RMS Windsor Castle, Union Castle Line, at Capetown

RMS Windsor Castle, Union Castle Line, at Capetown
RMS Windsor Castle, Union Castle Line, off the coast of Capetown, South Africa. Date: 1950s

Background imageSteamer Collection: RMS Orvieto - Orient Line Steamer

RMS Orvieto - Orient Line Steamer
The Royal Mail Ship Orvieto was a steamer of the Orient Line engaged in the passenger trade between England and Australia

Background imageSteamer Collection: Pacific Line Poster

Pacific Line Poster
Pacific Line, Pacific Steam Line Navigation Company Liverpool, royal mail steamers to brazil and South America, 1904 1904

Background imageSteamer Collection: The RMS Aquitania (Cunard Line) in the Port of Liverpool

The RMS Aquitania (Cunard Line) in the Port of Liverpool. Date: 1930

Background imageSteamer Collection: RMS Homeric - Ocean Liner for the White Star Line

RMS Homeric - Ocean Liner for the White Star Line Date: circa 1920s

Background imageSteamer Collection: RMS Megantic - White Star Line

RMS Megantic - White Star Line - launched in 1908 - scrapped in 1933. The ship was attacked by a German U-boat during World War I, but survived. After his arrest in Canada, Dr

Background imageSteamer Collection: LFB horse drawn steamer at modern LFB review

LFB horse drawn steamer at modern LFB review
Lambeth, headquarters of the London Fire Brigade, hosted annual displays and regular reviews of the Brigade. A popular feature was the inclusion of the working Victorian Shand Mason horse drawn steam

Background imageSteamer Collection: LCC-LFB Fire display at Brigade HQ Southwark

LCC-LFB Fire display at Brigade HQ Southwark
The London Fire Brigade encouraged, for very many years, a good public image by opening its doors to the public to special fire brigade displays

Background imageSteamer Collection: Croydon Fire Brigade at Brigade HQ, Croydon Town

Croydon Fire Brigade at Brigade HQ, Croydon Town
The horse drawn steam pump form Croydon fire station. This was one of three stations in the Croydon Fire Brigade, the other two being Thornton Heath and South Norwood

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

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

Background imageSteamer Collection: The Nile is Egypt, Cooks Nile Steamers

The Nile is Egypt, Cooks Nile Steamers
Poster or handbill advertising Cooks Nile Steamers, the best way to explore Egypts ancient splendour and modern charm. Showing an ancient monument with hieroglyphics, with two men in Egyptian dress

Background imageSteamer Collection: Empire Marketing Board poster - Gibraltar

Empire Marketing Board poster - Gibraltar
Empire Marketing Board poster showing a family on the deck of a ship which is sailing close to the rock of Gibraltar

Background imageSteamer Collection: Helen Keller with her Great Dane

Helen Keller with her Great Dane
Helen Keller (1880-1968) born blind deaf mute. Thanks to her governess she overcame these handicaps, studied and created in 1921 the American Foundation for the Blind. Pictured here on the S.S

Background imageSteamer Collection: Wreck of the SS Chusan, Ardrossan, 1874

Wreck of the SS Chusan, Ardrossan, 1874
Engraving showing the wreck of the paddle-steamer Chusan near the entrance to Ardrossan Harbour, Scotland, 1874

Background imageSteamer Collection: P&O Liner Chusan

P&O Liner Chusan. circa 1949

Background imageSteamer Collection: Wouldn t you like to just sail away? Theres a fabulous Union-Castle / Safmarine mailship

Wouldn t you like to just sail away? Theres a fabulous Union-Castle / Safmarine mailship
Wouldn t you like to just sail away? Theres a fabulous Union-Castle/Safmarine mailship leaving a South African port every week. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageSteamer Collection: Acton Volunteer Fire Brigade with appliances

Acton Volunteer Fire Brigade with appliances
District Council of Acton Volunteer Fire Brigade with appliances typical of those used at the time: a horse drawn steamer, horse drawn manual pump, horse drawn escape, hand wheeled escape

Background imageSteamer Collection: The steam yacht Joyeuse, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The steam yacht Joyeuse, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The steam yacht Joyeuse, 1914

Background imageSteamer Collection: Paddle steamer La Marguerite

Paddle steamer La Marguerite, off Penmaenmawr, with Great Orme in the distance. Date: circa 1907

Background imageSteamer Collection: Booklet cover, Santa Catalina Island, California, USA

Booklet cover, Santa Catalina Island, California, USA -- The Magic Isle. Date: 1939

Background imageSteamer Collection: RMS Olympic, cruise ship of the White Star Line, WW1

RMS Olympic, cruise ship of the White Star Line, WW1
RMS Olympic, cruise ship of the White Star Line, seen here from a seaplane whilst on war service during WW1. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageSteamer Collection: N. Y. K. Line - M. S. Heiyo Maru

N. Y. K. Line - M. S. Heiyo Maru
N.Y.K. Line (Nippon Yusen Kaish) - M.S. Heiyo Maru. Date: 1938

Background imageSteamer Collection: Volunteer Fire Brigade with appliances

Volunteer Fire Brigade with appliances typical of those used at the time: a horse drawn steamer, horse drawn manual pump, horse drawn escape, hand wheeled escape, and a hose cart

Background imageSteamer Collection: LCC-MFB Shadwell fire station, East London

LCC-MFB Shadwell fire station, East London
Opened in 1881, Shadwell fire station was located at 9 Glamis Road, Wapping. Seen here are the firemen posing with their two horse drawn escape carts

Background imageSteamer Collection: LCC-LFB Kennington fire station, Lambeth

LCC-LFB Kennington fire station, Lambeth
Built by the London County Council, Kennington fire station was located in Renfrew Road, Lower Kennington, South London. Seen here are its horse drawn escape ladder

Background imageSteamer Collection: LCC-MFB horse-drawn steamer at Southwark

LCC-MFB horse-drawn steamer at Southwark
A horse-drawn steamer and crew at Southwark fire station, during the latter years of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (it was renamed the London Fire Brigade in 1904)

Background imageSteamer Collection: LCC-LFB Merryweather self-propelled Fire King pump

LCC-LFB Merryweather self-propelled Fire King pump
First introduced into the UK by Merryweather of Greenwich, SE London, in 1899, by 1907 twenty-one Fire Kings were in operational use around the country, including the London Fire Brigade

Background imageSteamer 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



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"Unleashing the Power of Steam: A Journey through Time and Seas" From I K Brunel's visionary designs to the hauling chains of the Great Eastern, steamers have shaped our world. Just like Turner immortalized The Fighting Temeraire in his oil on canvas masterpiece, these vessels evoke a sense of awe and nostalgia. In 1891, a vibrant poster beckoned travelers to explore Guernsey & Jersey via Weymouth aboard majestic steamers. The Bay of Avalon in Santa Catalina Island, California became witness to the graceful dance between steamers and waves, as they navigated new horizons. Even Einstein himself found solace in playing his violin while contemplating the wonders that steam-powered vessels brought forth. And who can forget the Lancastria Steamship? Its tragic fate reminds us of both its grandeur and vulnerability. Broughty Ferry witnessed countless departures and arrivals as steamers connected communities along rivers and seas. The Mew on River Dart in Devon during the 1920s captured moments frozen in time - families embarking on adventures or bidding tearful farewells. Old Fishguard Harbour stood proudly amidst Pembrokeshire's rugged beauty, serving as a gateway for trade and exploration. Budleigh Salterton exuded charm with its quaint steamer port, where dreams set sail towards distant shores. Littlehampton Harbour bustled with life as steamers carried passengers yearning for adventure or seeking respite from their daily routines. An enticing poster lured wanderlust souls to Oban, Scotland - promising breathtaking landscapes only reachable by these magnificent vessels. Through triumphs and tragedies alike, steamers remain an indelible part of our history - bridging gaps between nations while igniting imaginations across generations.