The Steamship Oregon, of the Cunard Line - 1884


The Steamship Oregon, of the Cunard Line - Currier & Ives

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OK. It's not in Oregon, and it's not by an Oregon photographer. But it is a very cool lithograph by Currier and Ives of the state's largest namesake - until the battleship came along in 1893. The Steamship Oregon unfortunately had a very short lifespan. Launched on June 23, 1883,by the Guion Line, it made its first transatlantic voyage in October of that year. In 1884 it was sold to the Cunard Line, and made its first voyage under new ownership from New York to Liverpool in June. On March 4, 1886, the Oregon was struck by the much smaller schooner, the Charles H. Morse, and sank within a few hours, 18 miles off the coast of Long Island, New York. All of the 900 passengers were rescued. Due partly to the mysterious circumstances of the sinking, the story caught the public imagination. In addition to the engraving shown here, Currier and Ives also sold an engraving of the sinking of the Oregon. -- This engraving is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0138
Photographer Engraving
Location Atlantic Ocean
Subject Ocean
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Engraving
Size of Original 25.5 x 37.1 inches
Photographer's Number No