Clipper Ship “Dreadnought”, Nathaniel Currier

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Clipper ship sailing to left in image. Large red cross on top forward sail. Ship’s statistics are listed to left and right of title. Print has been dedicated by Published and signed.

The medium-sized clipper, “Dreadnought,” was built for the “Red Cross Line” of transatlantic boats, or packets, that carried immigrants westbound between Liverpool and New York. The ship’s first and most celebrated captain was Samuel Samuels, who wrote of the “Dreadnought,” “She was built for hard usage and to make a reputation for herself and me and that she should do her duty, or that we should both sink.” The ship earned the nicknames “The Flying Dutchman” and “The Wild Boat of the Atlantic.” The “Dreadnought” averaged 19 days eastbound and 26 days westbound.

Object Creator
Currier, Nathaniel (American, 1813-1888)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
18 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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