Steamboats and Steamers

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1223Coming Soon!DetailsAnonymous1840
Uncommon antique Map of Lake Pontchartrain
Anonymous
1840
$200.00AnonymousUncommon-antique-Map-of-Lake-PontchartrainUncommon and unrecorded version of a lithographed map ca. 1840 of <b>Lake Pontchartrain</b> in Louisiana with three steamboat routes shown: to Madisonville, La., to Mandeville, La. and a mail steamboat route to Mobile, Alabama. Possibly by L. Hirt. <br></br> In 1834 it was reported that mail service was provided through three weekly round-trips between New Orleans and Mobile at a total annual cost of <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=VfcaAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR1&dq=mail+steam+boat+mobile+new+orleans&source=gbs_selected_pages&cad=3#v=onepage&q=mail%20steam%20boat%20mobile%20new%20orleans&f=false" target="_blank">$40,000.</a></a> <br></br> This map appears as a vignette in L. Hirt's 1841 " Plan of New Orleans with Perspective and Geometrical Views of the Principal Buildings of the City" from <a href="http://louisdl.louislibraries.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15140coll28/id/76" target="_blank"> The Historic New Orleans Collection.</a> The present map shows signs of being disbound from a smaller volume. Scale: 3 inches to the mile. Louisiana History. <br></br> The map features Lake Borgne, Bayou Sauvage, and Bayou Bienvenue. Three steamboat routes terminate at Milneburg, at the north end of the Ponchartrain Rail Road on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The Pontchartrain Rail-Road, the first railway in New Orleans, Louisiana began service in 1831. The route of the railway ran down the center of Elysian Fields Avenue from the Faubourg Marigny to the port of Milneburg, later the Lake Pontchartrain Amusement Park. <br></br> This scarce small map shows the city of New Orleans with Bayou St. John, the New Orleans canal, and the Carrolton Railroad.
391Coming Soon!DetailsHuggins, W.J.1842
Ships of the General Steam Navigation Company, Off Rotterdam.
Huggins, W.J.
1842
$600.00Huggins--W-J-Ships-of-the-General-Steam-Navigation-Company--Off-Rotterdam-Hand-colored aquatint by William John Huggins from 1842 of the steamers Giraffe and Ocean in Rotterdam Harbor. In the foreground a small boat is shown ferrying passengers dressed in Dutch clothing of that era. <BR> </BR> The steam side-wheelers Giraffe and Ocean were both launched in 1836 and operated as mail steamers for the General Steam Navigation Company (GSNC) . The Giraffe later saw service during the U.S. Civil War when it was purchased by the Confederate Treasury. This vessel was later controlled by the Confederate War Department. She was renamed the Robert E. Lee and used as a rebel blockade runner to transport arms and other supplies between Bermuda and Wilmington during the early 1860s. <BR> </BR> The GSNC was founded in 1824 in Greenwich, England. For 150 years the firm was London's top short-sea shipping service with routes between the ports of Britain and north west Europe. <BR> </BR> Attribution line below the print reads: "Painted by W.J. Huggins, marine painter to his late majesty William IV. London. Published by Mr. Huggins 105 Leadenhall Street. 1842. Engraved by E. Duncan."
993Coming Soon!DetailsAnonymous1866
Steamboat Bill of Lading for Valence Plantation
Anonymous
1866
$500.00AnonymousSteamboat-Bill-of-Lading-for-Valence-PlantationRare post civil war shipping document, a "Bill of Lading", for the steamboat <b>Belle Ida</b> to transport items from New Orleans, Louisiana to Valence Plantation, along Bayou Lafourche, in Assumption Parish. <b>Valence Plantation</b> was most likely located near the current-day town of Supreme, just a few miles south of the well-known Madewood Plantation and Naploeonville, Louisiana. Dated within to February 9th, 1866. The bill of lading was filled in by hand at time of shipping, and is addressed to J.B. Savage, Valence Plantation, Bayou Lafourche. <br></br> Bayou Lafourche has not been navigable from the Mississippi River since 1905 when a dam was built at Donaldsonville, La. but prior to that time the waterway served as an important commercial artery. <br></br> The Belle Ida was likely a stern-wheel steamboat built in 1861 (Wooldbride Steamboat List. <a href="https://www.umsl.edu/mercantile/collections/pott-library-special-collections/assets/pdf/collections/Woold_Ridge_Steamboat_list.pdf" target="_blank">Internet </a>). With a stock logo of a side-wheel steamboat by T. Fitzwilliam, Stationer and Printer, 76 Camp Stret, N.O. <br></br> Symonds, Courtney and Co. were Tobacco Factors and General Forwarding and Commission Merchants located at No. 35 Natchez Street, New Orleans, LA. With a glued 2 cent stamp within. Addressed on verso. <br></br> The items shipped from New Orleans by Symonds Courtney and Co. included: <ul style="list-style-type: none;"> <li>1 sack of harnesses</li> <li>1 bundle of bridles</li> <li>5 cases of sundries</li> <li>10 head of mules</li> <li>1 horse</li> <ul/>
1160Coming Soon!DetailsInman Steamship Company1880
Trade card for Inman Steamship Company
Inman Steamship Company
1880
$110.00Inman-Steamship-CompanyTrade-card-for-Inman-Steamship-CompanyLate 19th-century lithographed trade card for the <b>Inman Steamship Company</b> ca. 1880. Three of the vessels depicted on the card carry the Inman Company flag. Along with the steamship which also flies the U.S. flag, one steam screw tug and one steam sidewheel tug show the Inman flag, with its red background, and a black diamond within a white quadrant at upper left. <br></br> Inman Steamship was one of the three largest 19th-century British passenger shipping companies on the North Atlantic ocean, along with the White Star Line and Cunard Line. Peter Wright and Sons were the line's general agent. <br></br> On the back of the card is information about the company and its ships, with a large portion of text aimed toward the <b>steerage</b> section. These five ships were in the Inman fleet at the time of printing <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>City of Chicago</li> <li>City of Berlin</li> <li>City of Richmond</li> <li>City of Chester</li> <li>City of Montreal</li> </ul> </div> No mention of the steamship "City of New York" suggests a date between 1875 and 1888. <br></br> By embracing new technology, the Inman Line was the first to show that unsubsidized ocean liners could profitably operate on the North Atlantic. With its first steamer, City of Glasgow of 1850, Inman led the drive to replace wood-hulled paddle steamers with iron-hulled ships equipped with screw propulsion. In 1852, Inman established that steerage passengers could be transported in steamships. Inman's City of Paris of 1866 was the first screw liner that could match the speed of the paddlers.
1240Coming Soon!DetailsCincinnati and New Orleans Passenger Line1880
Trade card for Steamboat Charles Morgan
Cincinnati and New Orleans Passenger Line
1880
$180.00Cincinnati-and-New-Orleans-Passenger-LineTrade-card-for-Steamboat-Charles-MorganVery interesting and rare antique trade card for the side-wheel <b>steamboat Charles Morgan</b> of the Cincinnati and New Orleans Passenger Line. Built in 1873 and burned in Cincinnati in 1886, the Charles Morgan is well known for having Samuel Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain as a passenger in 1882 when Clemens took a nostalgic tour to revisit places along the Mississippi River that he had visited in his previous occupation as a riverboat pilot. <br><br/> Front of the card contains an image resembing the steamer Charles Morgan. Verso contains the names and distances for approximately 100 of the steamboat stops along the route from Cincinnati to New Orleans, a total. distance of 1440 miles. <br><br/> The Charles Morgan was named for its owner, shipping tycoon Charles Morgan (1795-1878). Morgan moved to New York City at the age of fourteen and began a ship chandlery and import business which lead to investments in merchant shipping and ironworks and to management of several lines of sailing and steam packets trading with the South and the West Indies. He was also both partner and rival of Cornelius Vanderbilt in attempts to establish an isthmian transit across Nicaragua in the 1850s. <br><br/> Morgan City, Louisiana was named after Charles Morgan.
1162Coming Soon!DetailsNew York and Sea Beach Railroad1881
Antique Schedule for the New York and Sea Beach Railroad
New York and Sea Beach Railroad
1881
$140.00New-York-and-Sea-Beach-RailroadAntique-Schedule-for-the-New-York-and-Sea-Beach-RailroadScarce antique folding trade card / schedule for 1881, the inaugural year for service by Iron Steamboat to Coney Island. With a purple ink hand-stamp: <b>"1881. IRON BOATS. 1881."</b>. Front cover contains a drawing of Sea Beach Palace, the terminus of the New York and Sea Beach Railroad at <b>Coney Island</b>. Back cover with a colorful scene of Bay Ridge Landing with the steamboat "Idlewild" docked. <br></br> The <b>Iron Steamboat Company of New Jersey</b> (1881-1932) provided ferry service between Manhattan and Coney Island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The original fleet consisted of seven iron-hulled, multi-deck, coal-fired sidewheel steamboats, divided into twelve watertight compartments. Each boat was named after a constellation--the Cygnus, the Cepheus, the Cetus, the Pegasus, the Perseus, the Sirius and the Taurus. An early advertisement for the fleet boasted "They Cannot Burn – They Will Not Sink". (Cudahy, Brian J.<a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=FtUzg07N0wwC" target="_blank"> "How we Got to Coney Island". </a>Fordham University Press. 2002.) <br></br> Folded card with 4 sections. Printed by Donaldson Brothers, Five Points, New York.
134Coming Soon!DetailsAnonymous1882
Track Chart Anchor Line Transatlantic Service
Anonymous
1882
$135.00AnonymousTrack-Chart--Anchor-Line-Transatlantic-ServiceSmall antique ship's track chart of the Atlantic Ocean produced by the Anchor Line shipping company and used by passenger "Bertie Brown" to track his progress on a Transatlantic cruise. Details the daily position on a voyage from Ireland to New York departing September 29, 1882. Document on card stock folds into 3 parts. Front cover lists vessels owned by Anchor Line with their tonnage. With a profile view of a steamer underway. Expands to 10"x6".
1130Coming Soon!DetailsOcean Steamship Company of Savannah1886
Antique Trade Card for the Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah Georgia
Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah
1886
$180.00Ocean-Steamship-Company-of-SavannahAntique-Trade-Card-for-the-Ocean-Steamship-Company-of-Savannah-GeorgiaVery scarce trade card for the Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah. This antique trade card records the names of steamships and their sailing dates for this Savannah, Georgia based shipping company. <br></br> The Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah was founded in 1872 with passenger and cargo service between the cotton export port of Savannah, Georgia and the northern export ports of New York and Boston. This company was a subsidiary of the Central of Georgia Railway and was integral in moving cotton from Georgia and Alabama to New York and Boston, Massachusetts over the next seventy years. <br></br> Steamships listed on the card include: <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>City of Augusta</li> <li>Chattahoochee></li> <li>Nacooche></li> <li>Tallahassee></li> <li>City of Savannah></li> </ul> </div> Sailing dates listed on the back of the card are for routes from New York to Savannah, GA. during November 1886.
1218Coming Soon!DetailsAnonymous1889
Boston and Gloucester Steamboat Company pass for 1888
Anonymous
1889
$70.00AnonymousBoston-and-Gloucester-Steamboat-Company-pass-for-1888An antique Boston and Gloucester Steamboat Company annual pass for the year 1888. On green card stock. Issued as number 116. Valid until January 1, 1889. Ship's wheel decoration with the date "1888". <br></br> Boston and Gloucester Steamboat company began year round service in 1870 and continued operating between Boston and Gloucester until 1926 when they ceased operations. Steamboats from the line included the "Ella Knight", "George Chaffee", "City of Gloucester", and the "Cape Ann" a steel-hulled propellor driven vessel of 171 feet in length. <br></br> Text on the verso of this antique pass with rules and stipulation for use of the pass.
1232Coming Soon!DetailsColby, C. H.1895
Antique Cabinet Card of Steamboat Okeehumkee at Silver Springs, Florida
Colby, C. H.
1895
$175.00Colby--C--H-Antique-Cabinet-Card-of-Steamboat-Okeehumkee-at-Silver-Springs--FloridaLarge antique cabinet card of the steamer Okeehumkee docked at the Silver Springs' Florida landing, moss-covered trees in the background. The Okeehumkee, also known as "Queen of the Ocklawaha River," was a 84' x 21'river steamboat that provided transportation along Florida rivers in the late 19th century. The Okeehumkee was equipped with a paddle wheel positioned in the lower stern part of the boat which allowed it to traverse narrow and shallow rivers. <br></br> The steamer Okeehumkee was built in 1873 by Hubbard Hart, founder of the Ocklawaha Navigation Company's Hart's Line, at his East Palatka Hart's Point shipyard. It was named after a Native American chief from the area of the Ocklawaha lakes. The boat was outfitted with shutters on the windows to keep tree branches out and a livestock pen at the rear of the boat, on the upper deck. The boat was altered several times throughout its service lifetime. In 1893, a second deck of cabins was added. In 1919, Hart's Line ceased operation and the Okeehumkee was moored at Hart's Point shipyard in East Palatka. <br></br> In 1883 Lady Duffus Hardy published a <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=-Iw-AAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:%22Lady+Duffus+Hardy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjJvM-_nNHTAhXQZiYKHWdED4sQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q&f=false" target="_blank">vivid account</a> of her trip aboard the Okeehumkee on the Oklawaha River from Silver Springs, Florida to Palatka. Lady Hardy relates how pine logs were burned in a large cauldron at the top of the vessel to provide illumination at night. "Now the blue flame flashes up to the great tree tops, then darts downward like a fiery serpent, and up some winding water lane, and for a second, a thousand weird forms float before our eyes, and change and fade and melt into nothingness."
1096Coming Soon!DetailsPacific Steam Whaling Company1901
Pacific Steam Whaling Company's Map of Alaska
Pacific Steam Whaling Company
1901
$295.00Pacific-Steam-Whaling-CompanyPacific-Steam-Whaling-Company-s-Map-of-AlaskaAntique map of Alaska featuring the routes of steamers, canneries, and whaling stations belonging to the <b>Pacific Steam Whaling Company</b>. The map served as a promotional tool for the firm with numerous notations (in red) designed to appeal to speculators and fortune seekers for example: "Gold", <b>"Gold Placer Diggings"</b>, "Gold and Copper Deposits", "Silver Ahead" and "Cape Nome Gold Field". <br></br> Published by the Pacific Steam Whaling Company, 30 California Street, San Francisco and Corner of 1st Ave and Yesler Way, Seattle. <br></br> According to the cover the coverage includes "Nome, Teller City, Behring City, Golofnin, Western Alaska, Cooks Inlet and Copper River gold diggings." Manuscript ink annotation with "Waldez" and a circle just below the town of Valdez. <br></br> Routes include the whaling steamer's route to Port Clarence,; the mail steamer's route to Cape Nome from Unalaska; routes to <b>Bristol Bay</b>, Prince William's Sound, and Seattle to Unalaska. <br></br> Folding map of Alaska unfolds to its full extent of 22" W x 17" H.
135Coming Soon!DetailsAnonymous1902
Track Chart Anchor Line American Mail Steamships
Anonymous
1902
$115.00AnonymousTrack-Chart--Anchor-Line-American-Mail-SteamshipsAntique ship's track chart of Atlantic Ocean produced by the Anchor Line shipping company that was used by a passenger to track his progress on a Transatlantic cruise. Details the daily latitude and longitude on a 2689 mile voyage of the SS Anchonia between New York and Glasgow on Aug 9th - 19th, 1902. Daily position plots indicate a more northerly path than usual. <BR> </BR> Document on card stock folds into 3 parts. Front cover lists vessels owned by Anchor Line with their tonnage and shows a frontal view of a steamer underway. Expands to 10"x6"
289Coming Soon!DetailsProvidence, Fall River and Newport Steamboat Co.1904
Brochure- Providence , Fall River and Newport Steamboat Co
Providence, Fall River and Newport Steamboat Co.
1904
$165.00Providence--Fall-River-and-Newport-Steamboat-Co-Brochure--Providence---Fall-River-and-Newport-Steamboat-CoScarce antique eight-page brochure and map for the Providence, Fall River and Newport Steamboat Company, 136 Dyer Street, Providence, Rhode Island. This small brochure, dated internally to 1904, contains time tables, descriptive information on each port and sightseeing tips and advertisements from local businesses and resorts. <BR> </BR> Contains a list of the eight steamers comprising the company's fleet and their passenger capacity: <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Mount Hope - 2000 persons</li> <li>Warwick - 2000 persons</li> <li>Richard Borden - 1500 persons</li> <li>City of Newport - 1100 persons</li> <li>Favorite - 1100 persons</li> <li>What Cheer - 750 persons</li> <li>Squantum - 850 persons</li> <li>Baltimore - 500 persons</li> </ul> </div>
1143Coming Soon!DetailsWalker Lithograph and Publishing Company1910
Walker's Bird's Eye Map Boston to St. John, New Brunswick
Walker Lithograph and Publishing Company
1910
$450.00Walker-Lithograph-and-Publishing-CompanyWalker-s-Bird-s-Eye-Map-Boston-to-St--John--New-BrunswickThis scarce antique bird's eye map extends from Nantucket Sound north and includes portions of the Canadian provinces of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Locates Portsmouth, Portland and Cape Elizabeth, Deer Island, East Port, St. John, and Charlottetown on the distant horizon. Includes Cape Cod Bay, Bay of Fundy, and Northumberland Strait. The map extends inland as far as Lake Champlain, including all of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts, as well as parts of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Shows Worcester, Montpelier, Lewiston, Augusta, Bangor, St. Albans, Burlington, Rutland, Concord, Springfield, Hartford, and Providence. <br></br> Chromolithograph bird's eye view map sold by the Union News Company of Boston ca. 1910. The pocket map folds into paper covers with title: "Bird's-Eye View Map of Boston to St. John, N.B. Showing all Steamboat Routes. Price 10 cents." <br></br> Ferry and ship routes are shown from Boston to points north including routes for these lines: <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Eastern Steamship Company (routes shown to Portland, Bangor and Eastport)</li> <li>Dominion Atlantic Line (routes shown to Digby, St. John and Yarmouth</li> <li>Plant Line (route to Halifax, Nova Scotia)</li> </ul> </div> On the inside cover is an extensive list of maps available from Walker Lithograph & Publishing Company, 400 Newbury Street, Boston. George H. Walker was a Boston based publisher of books, views, and maps active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Walker began publishing in 1878 when he partnered with an unknown New York Firm. Two years later, Walker brought the operation in house by partnering with his brother, Oscar W. Walker, in the opening of a lithography studio at 81 Milk Street, Boston. The Walker brothers produced a large corpus of works, most of which focused on travel and tourism in New England.
1144Coming Soon!DetailsWalker Lithograph and Publishing Company1927
Birds-eye View of Boston Harbor ca. 1927
Walker Lithograph and Publishing Company
1927
$295.00Walker-Lithograph-and-Publishing-CompanyBirds-eye-View-of-Boston-Harbor-ca--1927Bird's-eye map of Boston Harbor and surrounding region to the east. This folding pocket map is Walker's earliest view of Boston with the new airport, constructed in 1923, that would eventually become Logan International Airport. At far upper right are the yards of the <b>Fore River Ship and Engine Company</b> with two vessels shown under construction. <br></br> Numerous steamers, sailboats, and sailing ships are shown underway in the waters offshore Boston, Massachusetts; Winthrop and Spectacle Island. This edition of Walker's map only shows steamer routes for the <b>Nantasket Beach Line Steamers</b> to Nantasket Beach and other points to the east. <br></br> The map extends from the coastal area of East and South Boston across the water to the main ship channel and the Boston Light. It locates Winthrop, Thompson's Island, Moon Island, Deer Island, Nahant, Green Island, the Brewster Islands, Strawberry Hill, Fort Warren, Hough's Neck and much more. Several key steets are identified within Boston: Atlantic Avenue, Freeport, Summer Street, Broadway, Dorchester Street, and State Street to name a few. <br></br> Copyright Walker Lithograph and Publishing Company, Boston. <br></br> Single-color chromolithograph. The bird's eye map folds into manilla board cover titled "Boston Harbor" in manuscript. Map is attached to the cover as issued. Cover apparently made by the seller whose stamp appears on the cover in red ink: "H.A. Shepard and Company. Stationers 50 - 52 Cornhill Boston". Price in manuscript: 15 cents. An unusual find!