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U.s.s Niagara Ship Transatlantic Cable Civil War Anti Slavery Belgium Huge Photo For Sale
Note that this is not a photograph but a photo-mechanical print (derived from a photographic process) of the U.S.S.
Niagara (see info at bottom). Note that it is mammoth size. We wonder whether this is a carbon print,
though we have not verified it, so can't guarantee that it is. The carbon process was invented by
chemist Joseph Swan in 1864.
1) There is a handwritten caption on the mat, at bottom left:
“U.S.S. Frigate ‘Niagara.’ Commodore Thomas T. Craven, Commander. At Antwerp
Belgieum, June, 1864.”
2) Handwritten on the mat, at bottom right: “Presented to
Charles W. Carroll Post 144, by Commander U.B. Gould, one of her crew.
September 21, 1900.” We suspect that this picture was made for the 1900 presentation, but the possibility exists that it was made earlier.
SIZE. Entire frame is approximately 19 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches.
The opening in the frame is approximately 15 5/8 x 19 1/2 inches. The opening
in the mat is approximately 12 x 16 inches.
CONDITION. Please note that we have not taken this apart. The
photo appears to have a tiny circular scuff mark in sky, between the 1st and 2nd
sails. Perhaps a few tiny spots. Otherwise, good condition. The mat has
discoloration. There are a few nicks in the frame, but otherwise, good
condition. The paper on the back is torn with missing pieces.
APPEARANCE. Great presentation, great size. Very good tones. Clean
Voyage to Africa, 1858:During the summer of 1858, the U.S.
Navy experienced increased pressure to interdict slave traffic in the Caribbean Sea.On 21 August, the USS Dolphincaptured the slave shipEchooff of Cubawith
men, women, and children taken from Kabenda, Guinea.There were originally 450 to
470 Africans, but that number had dwindled to 306 when they arrived at Castle Pickney, Charleston, South Carolina.Congressional law
required the return of the Africans to Monrovia, Liberiaand the huge size of theNiagaramade
her well suited for returning them. On 20 September, Capt. John S. Chauncey
boarded 271 Africans who were suffering terribly from scurvy and dysentery.
Chauncey expected to reach Africa in twenty days, but that changed when a heavy
northwest wind took theNiagaraway off course. Seventy-one Africans
died before he reached Monroviaon
9 November. Captain Chauncey sent 200 survivors ashore and arrived back in New
York Harbor on 11 December. Six days later, theNiagarawas decommissioned.
Voyage to Japan, on 14 May 1860, Captain William McKeanin command. Another unique assignment
awaited; she was to carry Japan's first diplomatic mission to the United Statesfrom
Washington to New York, and then home. Leaving New York on 30 June,Niagaracalled
in Porto Grande, Cape Verde Islands;São Paulo-de-Loande, Angola;Batavia, Java;
and Hong Kong. The frigate entered Tokyo Bayon
8 November to land her distinguished passengers, then sailed on 27 November for
Hong Kong, Aden, and Cape Town,returning Boston on 23 April 1861 to learn of the outbreak of the Civil War.
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