Category Archives: Ships & Boats

Clipper Ship Tornado, Struck by a Whirlwind

DescriptionEnglish: Clipper ship Tornado as it might have appeared after a whirlwind struck it on the way from San Francisco to New York.
SourceGleason’s Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion (

“The whirlwind struck her at 2 A. M., Sept. 11th, [1852,] 33 days out, and when nearly half way to New York. The shock was instantaneous. The bowsprit was broken off close to the knight-heads, and the whole of it carried inboard on the port side. The foremast instantly followed it, close to the deck, being lifted from between the mainstays so that the heel of it grazed the house, and went over the side, tearing away the main and monkey rails.”

Unloading Heinz Products at Cape Town, by Edward Trumbull

DescriptionEnglish: “Scene at Capetown, South Africa. A symbol of Heinz world-wide distribution.” Reproduction of a mural by Edward Trumbull in the Heinz headquarters building, Pittsburgh.
SourceAdvertisement in The Delineator (
AuthorEdward Trumbull

From the advertisement: A series of unusually artistic mural paintings by Trumbull always interests visitors to ‘‘The Home of the 57”

View of the Steamer “Isaac Newton” Leaving the Wharf (1851)

DescriptionEnglish: View of the Steamer “Isaac Newton” Leaving the Wharf, from an 1851 magazine
SourceGleason’s Pictorial Drawing Room Companion (
AuthorSigned “Wade”

Text from the original publication: Our artist has represented this fine specimen of American river navigation, just as she was shooting out from her pier, and gathering way tor her trip up the North River. Her length is 345 feet; breadth, 40 1-2 feet; breadth over all, 85 feet. She is 1450 tons burthen. She has a beam engine, wrought iron shafts and cranks, cylinder 82 inches in diameter, and 12 feet stroke. The Isaac Newton is the largest river steamer in the world, and is under the command of Capt. William H. Peck.