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Pacific Mail Steamship Company's Steamships City of Peking and City of Tokio

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Homer, Lee & Co.
Place made: United States, New York
Date made: 1874
Materials: ink; paper
Measurements: 20 1/4 in x 26 3/4 in
Nomenclature: advertisement; Pacific Mail Steamship Company; steamships
Classification: ship portraits

A port-side view of the four-masted iron steamship 'City of Peking' with two smokestacks off Sandy Hook. US flags fly from her stern. The pilot schooner #18 ('Enchantress') and yacht 'Magic' are to the right of the stern of steamship. 'City of Peking' was built for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and she primarily serviced the route from San Francisco to Yokohama, Japan and Hong Kong. At the time of her construction, she and her sister ship, 'City of Tokio' (or 'City of Tokyo'), were the largest vessels ever built in the US. In the lower wide margin, there is a list of the Company's fleet including the name, class of ship, tonnage, and the passenger, freight, and coal capacities.