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The Great Race on the Mississippi

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: lithograph
Maker: Currier & Ives
Place made: United States, New York
Date made: 1870
Materials: ink; paper; tape
Measurements: 22 in x 29 3/4 in
Nomenclature: steamships
Classification: racing

Lithograph commemorating a race from New Orleans to St. Louis between two steamboats, Robert E. Lee and Natchez, which concluded on July 4th, 1870. "The Great Race on the Mississippi From New Orleans to St. Louis 1210 Miles. / Between the steamers Robt. E. Lee, Capt. J.W. Cannon and Natchez, Capt. T.P. Leathers. / Won by the R. E. Lee, time: 3 days 18 hours 30 minutes. / The Natchez reached the Wharf Boat at St. Louis July 4th, at 5.58 P.M., six hours and thirty three minutes behind the Lee, having been detained by fog at Devil's Island. The best previous time on the river between New Orleans and St. Louis was 3 days 21 hours and 58 minutes, made by the Natchez, June, 1780."


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