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The Steamer "Europa" running down the Schooner "Florence".
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: etching
Maker: Wurzbach, W.; Gleason, Frederick
Place made: United States, Massachusetts, Boston
Date made: 1851
Materials: ink; paper; backing
Measurements: 6 in x 9 1/4 in
Nomenclature: steamships; schooners
Etching from the September 1851 edition of Gleason's Pictoral Drawing-Room Companion, showing the steamship Europa (side view) running down and destroying the schooner Florence (front left). Title printed in lower margin, with "(For description, see page 333.)". Artist name given on etching at lower right. The accompanying description read, "The Europa on her last passage as the came on to our coast, rand down the American fishing schooner Florence, at about midnight. The schooner sank almost immediately; fifteen of the crew were saved, but one, Joseph C. Snow, was lost, in the confusion of the collision. The steamer struck the schooner in the stern, which was shattered in pieces, and then passed her under the wheel [...] The night was very clear and starlight. The steamer was seen at a distance off, steering directly for them, by those on board. The schooner immediately hoisted a light, which they continued to haul up and down, at the same time making loud outcries [...] but they were unheeded or unseen until too late, and the collision was unavoidable. [...] A few years since, one of this line of steamers ran down and sunk [...] a ship full of passengers, many of whom were lost."