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Wreck of the U.S.M. Steam Ship "Arctic"

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: lithograph
Maker: Currier, Nathaniel; Parsons, C.; Buttersworth, James E.
Place made: United States, New York, New York
Date made: 1854
Materials: ink; paper; color
Measurements: 20 1/2 in x 27 in
Nomenclature: steamships; United States; Arctic
Classification: shipwrecks

A view of the US Mail Steamship 'Arctic' rapidly sinking after a collision with the French steamer 'Vesta' off Cape Race, Newfoundland on Wednesday, September 27, 1854. Passengers crowd the upper deck of the steamer that is already engulfed in water up to the railing at the stern. A group of passengers stand on a large piece of debris on the left side; a lifeboat filled with people is in the left foreground. Other survivors cling onto debris in the water, and a man in a top hat stands on a makeshift raft in the right foreground. At the time of the collision, there was heavy weather and foggy. No less than 322 lives were lost.


Related People

Currier, Nathaniel
American, 1813-1888
Buttersworth, James Edward
American (preferred); British
American painter, 1817-1894
Parsons, Charles
American, 1821-1910

Related Vessels

thumbnail Arctic
thumbnail Vesta