Loss of the HMS Birkenhead
"Vintage engraving from 1878 showing the loss of the Birkenhead. The Birkenhead was an iron paddle steamer of 1400 tons, and was launched in December 1845. On 26 February 1852, while transporting troops to Algoa Bay, she was wrecked at Danger Point near Gansbaai on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. There were not enough serviceable lifeboats for all the passengers, and the soldiers famously stood firm, thereby allowing the women and children to board the boats safely. Only 193 of the 643 people on board survived."
SS Great Western at New York
'Vintage engraving showing the arrival of the SS Great Western at New York. SS Great Western of 1838, was an oak-hulled paddle-wheel steamship; the first purpose-built for crossing the Atlantic and the initial unit of the Great Western Steamship Company. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.'
© Duncan Walker
Chicago before the Great City Fire in 1871, published 1872
'Birds eye view of Chicago before the Great City Fire in 1871. Legend: 1) West-side, 2) Union-park, 3) Gasworks, 4) Lincoln-park, 5) Washington-place, 6) Promenade, 7) North-side, 8) Waterworks, 9) North-bayou, 10) Northwest-Railway, 11) Railway station, 12) South-bayou, 13) Statestreet-bridge, 14) Clarkstreet-bridge, 15) Wellsstreet-bridge, 17) Michigan railway, 18) Construction of Ogden's Hotel, 19) Bigelow's Hotel, 20) Palmer's Hotel, 21) Bartlett's church, 22) Baptist church, 23) Michigan-Avenue Hotel, 24) Terrace-Row, 25) Drake-Building, 26) Chicago-Times, publishing company, 27) Headquarters of General Sheridan, 28) Railway station, 29) Courthouse, 30) Commercial court, 31) Post Office, 32) Chicago-Tribune, publishing company, 33) Crosby's Opera House, 34) Rushstreet-bridge, 35) Colyer's church, 36) Grain elevator, 37) Magazine, 38) Chicago River, 39) Club place for ball games, 40) Booksellers, 41) Mouth of the channel into the Chicago River, 42) Lake park, 43) South-side, 44) Tremont-Hotel, 45) Sherman-Hotel, 46) Briggs-Hotel, 47) Granary, where the Great City Fire of 1871 broke out first. Woodcut engraving from my archive, published in 1872.'