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Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Scope Note: Steamships.

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Cape Charles, Virginia, historic photographs

Accession: 1972-250-2

Cape Charles was established in 1884 as the southern terminus of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad. The collection consists of photographs showing the early development of Cape Charles. Views of the wharf and harbor areas and the steamship "Cape Charles" built by Harlin and Hollingsworth of Wilmington, Delaware, comprise nearly half the collection.

Dates: 1885-1886

C.E. "Bim" Argyle steamboat albums

Accession: 2015-303

Captain C.E. (Clarence Edward) "Bim" Argyle (1927-2006) was a riverboat captain for Consolidation Coal and a World War II Navy veteran. He worked primarily on steamers and coal barges along the Monongahela River in Western Pennsylvania. These two albums record Argyle's river experience between 1943 and 1950. There are portraits of his co-workers as well as many photographs of numerous commercial boats.

Dates: 1936; 1946-1949

J. Crosby Brown collection of steamboat copy photographs

Accession: 1994-212

James Crosby Brown, Jr., was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1929 and spent most of his life in Philadelphia, where he pursued a career in business. After retiring in 1981, he turned full-time to his life-long avocation of maritime history. This collection consists of copy photographs of steamboats, many on the Schuylkill River.

Dates: 1795-1930

"Major Reybold" (ship) photograph of a painting

Accession: 1969-057

Major Reybold was an iron excursion steamer, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This collection contains a photographic copy print of a painting of the steamship.

Dates: 1852-1907

Metropolitan Steamship Co. ship "General Whitney" lithograph

Accession: 2012-233

The Metropolitan Steamship Co. was a steamship line which provided service between Boston and New York and later between San Francisco and Los Angeles. This item is a prnt of the steamship "General Whitney" from the Metropolitan Steamship Co.'s Outside Line between New York and Boston.

Dates: circa 1870-1880

New York waterworks photograph and ship "Mohican" postcard

Accession: 1973-234

The Waterworks in Cooperstown, New York was built on the side of a mill in 1870, with an addition built in 1890. The ship "Mohican" was built circa 1900 and scrapped in 1936. This collection consists of two items: one black and white photograph of Waterworks, Cooperstown, New York and black and white postcard view of ship "Mohican."

Dates: circa 1900; 1967

Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours papers

Accession: LMSS-I

Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) was a French political economist, writer, publisher, and public administrator. He was an advocate for a national educational system and promoted Franco-American trade relations. The collection consists of Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours correspondence and writings in addition to correspondence of his second wife, Françoise (Robin) Poivre.

Dates: 1769-1831

United States steamboats commemorative postage stamps

Accession: 1996-251

In the ninteenth century, steamboats revolutionized river transportation of people and goods because they could swiftly traverse rivers regardless of current. A mystique was created by the dangers they faced: explosions, sinkings, Indian attacks and daring races. This is a pane of commemorative stamps showing four steamboats: Sylvan Dell, Robert E. Lee, Rebecca Everingham, Bailey Gatzert.

Dates: 1995

W. & A. Fletcher Company

Accession: 1699Identifier: 1699-III.-XX.
Scope and Content:

The records of the W. & A. Fletcher Company consist of fragmentary job files, job account books, engineering notebooks, and a collection of correspondence and miscellany collected by Andrew Fletcher, Jr. A large collection of Fletcher ship and engine drawings is located at its South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. Among the job files are a master list of engines built by Fletcher from 1864 to 1925, and fragmentary correspondence on several orders. The job account books from 1869 to 1917 list cost breakdowns arranged by job. There is a small fragment of correspondence by Andrew Fletcher, Jr., most notably relating to marine turbine technology, and an item from a suit by Fletcher against the International Association of Machinists arising from a strike in 1903. There is also a collection of timetables and annual passes for the many railroads and steamship companies over which Fletcher travelled or with which he had business dealings. There is also a vertical file kept by Andrew Fletcher, Jr., which consists largely of tear sheets from the Nautical Gazette, Marine Engineering, and other trade journals.

There are two anomalous items reflecting Fletcher's role as president of the American Locomotive Works and the Eddystone Ammunition Corp. during World War I. The first is a volume of blueprints for shells, and the second a map of the plants of the Eddystone Ammunition Corp. and the Baldwin Locomotive Works at Eddystone.

Dates: 1860-1947

Wilson Lines ships photographic reproductions

Accession: 1991-228

The Wilson Lines was a steamboat company that was popular for traveling between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wilmington, Delaware and Riverview Beach, New Jersey. This small collection of copy photographs contains mostly exterior views of several Wilson Lines steamboats between 1890 and 1955.

Dates: 1890-1954