|Traditional Marine Art, from the Island Princess Collection.|
|From small, river "packets" to ocean going vessels |
in little more than a decade.
|An early transat side-wheeler from the awkward period when steam |
looked promising but still had many operational problems.
|SS California, the first ship of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, |
was used between Panama and San Francisco from 1848 until 1894,
when she was wrecked off the coast of Peru.
|A steel-hulled, screw-propelled steamer dating from the 1840s.|
|The iron hull not only did away with rotting, worm-eaten wood, but |
allowed for the lengthening of ocean-going vessels from no more
than 300 feet to lengths approaching one-thousand.
|This painting from the Island Princess collection is indicative of the |
type of ships sailing around the turn of the century.
|A forerunner of England's|
first generation of "Queens."
|The Oriana, seen here in Sydney, Australia, was one of the first ships to be |
devoted solely to the budding cruise market of the 1950s and 60s.
|The Island Princess|