U.S. Steam Frigate Mississippi
Passing Punta Tristao (Type I)


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Commodore Perry departed the United States on November 24, 1852 aboard the U.S. Steam Ship Mississippi, the ship shown in this lithograph. The expedition was nine months late when Perry departed Norfolk aboard the Mississippi. During this first leg of the Expedition, the Mississippi served as Commodore Perry's Flagship. Some of the squadron ships were to follow from the US and others were already in the China Sea. Here we see the Mississippi in a "heavy 'rolling' sea" encountered when reaching the Tristram Point (Punta Tristao), the northernmost point of Maderia. The ship was 17 days out of Norfolk on December 11, the approximate date for this image.

The titles/lettering read:

  • Jas. Queen delt (Type I)
  • J. Queen delt (Type II)
  • From nature by Heine -- Shipping by Brown
  • P.S. Duval & Co's Lithy Philad (Type I)
  • P.S. Duval & Co's Lithy Phila (Type II)
  • U.S. STEAM FRIGATE MISSISSIPPI PASSING PUNTA TRISTAO, N. WEST POINT OF MADEIRA.

Bottom edge (binding edge) is ragged with a few small pieces missing. Upper right corner has small piece (1.5 x .5 cm) missing. Image area very clean.

I have noted more than one variety of this lithograph. I call this Type I. It has a brownish tint and bird in the lower left corner. To see the different types, click here.

Landscape Format

Page Size (cm): 28.2x22.2cm

Image Size (cm): Width-22.7, Height-15.2, Diagonal-27.2

 

 
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