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Steam Ships Collection

Steam ships have long been an iconic symbol of maritime travel, connecting continents and cultures across the vast oceans

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Warship Hms Hood

Warship Hms Hood
HMS Hood, completed in 1920, was the worlds largest warship for more than two decades. She was finally sunk by the Bismarck in 1941 at the Battle of Denmark Strait

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Union-Castle Line

Union-Castle Line
Poster advertising the Union-Castle Line, a shipping line that operated a fleet of passenger liners and freighters between Europe and Africa from 1900 to 1977

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Barry Island poster

Barry Island poster
Daily steamship service to Barry Island, Wales

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Union-Castle Line poster

Union-Castle Line poster
South and East Africa, Madeira and the Canaries with the Union-Castle Line offering a fast mail service and an address for the head office in Fenchurch Street, London

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Normandie Poster

Normandie Poster
Poster emphasising the great size of the French transatlantic liner at Le Havre - dwarfing even the New York skyline !

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Lancastria Steamship

Lancastria Steamship
Passenger liner and mail steamer of the Cunard White Star Line

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd

British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd
A poster advertising the British India Steam Navigation Company, better known as B.I. and its shipping agent Gray Dawes & Co. of London

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Cunard White Star liner

Cunard White Star liner
The Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth sails into New York Date: circa 1940

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: French Line Normandie poster

French Line Normandie poster
French Line poster for the SS Normandie ocean liner, the worlds most perfect ship

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Union-Castle

Union-Castle
Advertising poster for Union-Castle, Mail Steamship Company Limited, featuring a liner running from Southampton to Cape Town and vice versa next to small sailing dinghies

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Mauretania Postcard

Mauretania Postcard
Steam ship of the Cunard line at New York

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Barry Docks 1899

Barry Docks 1899
The old and the new, Barry Docks

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Union-Castle liner

Union-Castle liner
The Windsor Castle, a steamship of the Union-Castle line, recognisable by the lavender hull and red and black funnel

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: LUSITANIA

LUSITANIA
At the time of her launch in 1907, she was the largest vessel in the world : her sinking by a U-boat in 1915 continues to inspire conspiracy theories

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Hull Harbour

Hull Harbour
Barges and steamships in Princes Docks, Hull

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: S. S. Coronda at Leith, South Georgia

S. S. Coronda at Leith, South Georgia
Photographer: Riley, Quintin Theodore Petroc Molesworth (1905-1980). Expedition: British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37. Leader: John Rymill. Date: 1937

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Great Eastern 1857

Great Eastern 1857
The steamship of Brunel & Scott Russell in full steam

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: HMS RODNEY

HMS RODNEY
British battleship whose finest hour will come in May 1941 when her accurate gunfire is the crucial factor in the sinking of the German warship Bismarck Date: 1927 - 1941

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Hms Dreadnought 1906

Hms Dreadnought 1906
The ship that gave her name to a new style of warship - the mighty HMS Dreadnought leaves Portsmouth harbour, escorted by a paddle-wheel tug

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: South America by Royal Mail

South America by Royal Mail
Poster for Royal Mail Lines Ltd - South America by Royal Mail - depicting a large ocean-going steamship

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Royal Line poster

Royal Line poster
Poster promoting Royal Line Northern Canadian railway system and Atlantic steamship service, showing a ship crossing the Atlantic on the way to Canada from Bristol

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: STEAMSHIP CAMERONIA

STEAMSHIP CAMERONIA
Anchor Line passenger ship sailing between Glasgow and New York

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: I K Brunel / Chain Cdv

I K Brunel / Chain Cdv
ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL Designer and builder of railroads, bridges, tunnels, steamships, docks &c. pictured in front of the anchor chain of the Great Eastern

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Empress of Britain poster

Empress of Britain poster
Poster advertising the Empress of Britain of the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company, the worlds greatest travel system, according to the poster

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Paris, Paris all the way to New York

Paris, Paris all the way to New York. When you board any French Line ship you step right into Paris itself! French Line C.G.T. (Compagnie Generale Transatlantique) poster for the SS Paris ocean liner

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Compagnie Generale Transatlantique

Compagnie Generale Transatlantique
Poster advertising Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, the French shipping company, illustrated by the S.S. Ile de France, its first ship to be decorated in Art Deco

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Wine shipping poster

Wine shipping poster
Ste Navale de L Ouest, transport des vins - poster for a French wine shipping company showing men on the dock waiting to load barrels of wine on to a steamship

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: CUTTY SARK CLIPPER

CUTTY SARK CLIPPER
China clipper, though she only made 8 voyages to China before steamships destroyed the clipper business : she then became a wool carrier, then a training ship

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: I K Brunel / Anon

I K Brunel / Anon
ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL Designer and builder of railroads, bridges, tunnels, steamships, docks &c

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: London Docks 1930S

London Docks 1930S
Barges, cranes and tramp steamers at the London Docks

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Messageries Maritimes poster

Messageries Maritimes poster
Poster illustrated by a stork advertising the arrival of the Felix Roussel of the Messageries Maritimes French steamship line

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Sarpedon Steamship

Sarpedon Steamship
Passenger liner of the Blue Funnel line

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: OLYMPIC LINER

OLYMPIC LINER
Liner of the White Star line

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Neptune Steamship

Neptune Steamship
Since this paddle steamer is depicted on the Elbe, it is doubtless employed on the England to Hamburg run. The other ship is the Caledonia

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Mauretania Photograph

Mauretania Photograph
Cunard Line R.M.S. Mauretania

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: NORMANDIE (DECKS)

NORMANDIE (DECKS)
French transatlantic liner - the Promenade Decks

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: NORMANDIE (DINING)

NORMANDIE (DINING)
French transatlantic liner - the First Class dining saloon

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Orion Steamship

Orion Steamship
Passenger liner of the Orient Steam Navigation line

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: FRANCONIA STEAMSHIP

FRANCONIA STEAMSHIP
Passenger liner of the Cunard line, employed chiefly as a cruise ship

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Queen Elizabeth Liner

Queen Elizabeth Liner
The Queen Elizabeth, the largest of the P. & O. Liners, seen here in the Solent, off the Isle of Wight, England

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: QUEEN MARY

QUEEN MARY
The Cunard White Star passenger liner at the time of her launch. Tonnage 70, 000. Length at water-line 306m

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Great Eastern

Great Eastern
Laying the Atlantic Cable

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: EMPRESS OF SCOTLAND

EMPRESS OF SCOTLAND
Canadian Pacific liner, sailing between Europe and Canada

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Carnarvon Castle Liner

Carnarvon Castle Liner
Passenger liner of the Union Castle Line

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Ship / Q Mary (Lounge)

Ship / Q Mary (Lounge)
Cunard White Star liner Interior photograph of the air conditioned main lounge

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: Leith Harbour, South Georgia, general view from behind station

Leith Harbour, South Georgia, general view from behind station
Photographer: Riley, Quintin Theodore Petroc Molesworth (1905-1980). Expedition: British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37. Leader: John Rymill. Date: 1937

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: The Canadian Pacific S. S. Montnairn

The Canadian Pacific S. S. Montnairn
The Canadian Pacific S.S. Montnairn. (17282 tons) C. 1920

Background imageSteam Ships Collection: SS KARMALA

SS KARMALA
Passenger liner of the P&O line, depicted entering Columbo harbour, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)



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Steam ships have long been an iconic symbol of maritime travel, connecting continents and cultures across the vast oceans. From the majestic vessels of the Union-Castle Line to the captivating posters adorning Barry Island and Normandie, these steamships epitomize a bygone era of elegance and adventure. One cannot help but be enthralled by the grandeur depicted in the Barry Island poster, showcasing a magnificent steamship sailing through azure waters towards distant horizons. The image evokes a sense of wanderlust, beckoning travelers to embark on unforgettable voyages. Similarly, the Normandie poster exudes sophistication with its sleek design and bold colors. This French Line masterpiece captures the essence of luxury travel aboard this renowned vessel, enticing passengers with promises of opulence and refinement. In contrast to leisurely cruises, warships like HMS Hood served as formidable protectors during times of conflict. The sheer power emanating from this British battleship reminds us that steamships played crucial roles in shaping history. The British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd stands as a testament to Britain's colonial past. Its steamships traversed vast distances between England and India, facilitating trade routes and cultural exchanges that forever altered both nations' destinies. Meanwhile, Cunard White Star liners embodied elegance at sea. These floating palaces were synonymous with comfort and style – where passengers could revel in luxurious accommodations while journeying across oceans towards new adventures. Tragically, not all tales had happy endings; such was the case for Lancastria Steamship. Despite being one of Britain's most celebrated ocean liners before World War II erupted tragically sank off France's coast during an evacuation mission - reminding us that even mighty vessels are vulnerable amidst chaos. Yet amidst triumphs or tragedies alike—South America beckoned explorers via Royal Mail service offered by Union-Castle liner—a promise that exotic lands awaited those who dared venture forth into uncharted territories.