This Historic Litho Was Sold To Belgium. Thank you!
RED STAR LINES STEAMER,
Unframed 36 1/2 W x 23 1/2" W Framed 42"
H x 28" W
Presented for sale is a chromolithograph
of a Red Star Line steamer under steadying sails that is not named. However, she may well be the first S.S. Belgenland
with the yards on her fore and mainmast, and one smoke stack removed which was done during one of her refits as eluded
to in 1895 ship's history below. The artist captures the vessel steaming with wind abaft her starboard beam in a
light chop with all sails, except for the main course flying, along with all her flags.
A chromolithograph is NOT a reproduction. These were real pressings that were carefully
made under the artist's supervision. They were made in limited editions and were used by the shipping line to advertise
their vessels. They are not common or ubiquitous, but are very rare, and some sell for many thousand of dollars as the Christie
and Sotheby auctions indicate.
CONDITION: The picture is taken through glass so there are certain reflections,
particularly on the upper right which is a pull down door in our warehouse. There is some fading or light moisture spotting,
we can't tell which, that seems to blend in and are not objectionable. There is a 1 inch repair below the foremast, and two
other tears, right and left mid section which have not been repaired, but can not be seen from a foot away. We do not believe
the frame and glass are original or of high quality. On the dust cover on the back of the litho is a note that it
was given as a gift in 1965. This is also pictured below.
THE RED STAR LINE: The Red Star Line was
a passenger ocean line that existed between its founding in 1871 and its amalgamation into the International Mercantile Marine
Co. in 1902. The line was a joint venture between the International Navigation Company of Philadelphia, which also ran the
American Line, and the Société Anonyme de Navigation Belgo-Américaine of Antwerp, Belgium. The company's main ports
of Call were New York City and Philadelphia in the United States and Antwerp in Belgium. The company was founded by Clement
Griscom, who led it from its founding until its merger into the IMM.
Red Star ships generally were given names ending in "-land". Notable
Red Star ships included Belgenland, Finland, Kroonland, Lapland, Vaderland, and Zeeland.
THE SHIP: BEGENLAND, 1878
3,692 gross tons, length 402.9ft x beam 40.2ft, one funnel, four masts,
iron hull, single screw, speed 14 knots, accommodation for 150-1st and 1,000-3rd class passengers.
Built by Barrow Shipbuilding Co, she was launched for the Red Star Line,
Antwerp on 24th Dec.1878. Her maiden voyage from Antwerp to Philadelphia started on 30th Mar.1879 and she transferred to Antwerp
- New York sailings on 20th May 1879. Her last voyage
on this service started 6th Jul.1895 and she was then chartered
to the American Line.
Reclassified to carry 150-2nd and 1,000-3rd class passengers, she commenced
Philadelphia - Liverpool sailings on 31st Jul. 1895. Her last sailing on this route started 17th Oct.1903. Returned to Red
Star Line, she was put on the Antwerp - Philadelphia service with 3rd class passengers only. Her last Philadelphia - Antwerp
crossing started 7th Dec.1904 and she was then sold to Italian owners and renamed VENERE. Scrapped in 1906.
Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.2,p.850]
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned,
if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full
value. A prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included
in this offer and are non-refundable unless due to our error.
size lithograph of a early Red Star steamship ties to Europe and the United States
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