Ships and the Sea

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Victorian illustration to download showing dockyard workers readying a warship for launching. The ship is propped up by large timbers.

Victorian illustration to download showing a fisherman’s family saying goodbye to their young boy as he goes off to sea…

Victorian illustration to download showing the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company’s ship ‘Amazon’, which sank on her maiden voyage in…

Victorian illustration to download showing a collision between two paddle steamers. Passengers on the sinking ship struggle towards ships that…

Victorian illustration to download showing the ‘Agamemnon’, one of the ships that laid the Atlantic telegraph cable in 1858, with…

Victorian illustration to download showing the launch of the iron-framed ship ‘Marion Macintyre’.

Victorian illustration to download showing the dark, cramped quarters between decks of a ship carrying Irish emigrants.

Victorian illustration to download showing a group of emigrants from Ireland waiting for their ship on a quayside, surrounded by…

Victorian illustration to download showing a group of smugglers taking a rest and eating and drinking on their way back…

Victorian illustration to download showing men making a huge metal boiler for a steamship.

Victorian illustration to download showing a scene from the Crimean War. The Royal Horse Artillery disembark from a ship at…

Victorian illustration to download showing men in the mast house of a shipyard constructing a mast for a sailing ship,…

Victorian illustration to download showing a floating tidal mill on a river. Below decks is a wheel, or screw propeller,…

Victorian illustration to download showing a fishing boat, a Yarmouth lugger, fishing for herring in rough seas. The crew haul…

Victorian illustration showing two ships in a serious accident in a narrow dock. They have jammed together, both ships are…

Victorian illustration showing a large ship in the New Thames Graving Docks. The ship is supported on a pontoon which…

The paying-out machine for laying the Atlantic Telegraph cable stands on the deck of HMS Agamemnon, 1858. A wooden structure…

A large group of fisher girls and fishermen walk back up a beach at low tide. The girls carry baskets…

The tiny sailing boat 'City of Ragusa' crosses the Atlantic in 1870. The windmill at her stern powers a propeller.

Passengers with luggage and baskets gather on the landing stage to board the New Holland paddle steamer ferry across the…

Huge blocks of ice 2 feet thick block the river Thames at London Bridge, February 1870.

Fishermen in a rowing boat fish for whitebait in the river Thames using a small net.

Inauguration of new lifeboat at Sunderland, 1858

Victorian picture showing a crowded fish market.

Victorian picture showing the interior of the Eddystone Lighthouse.