To The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, this Print of their Iron Screw Steam Ship 'Mooltan', (2520 Tons Edward Cooper Commander) is most respectfully dedicated by their obedient Servant, Wm. Foster.
London, Published By Wm. Foster, 114, Fenchurch Street [n.d. c.1865].
Coloured lithograph. 705 x 500mm. Crack to paper in title area. 2 repaired tears above, 1 just into printed area.
The Mooltan was registered for P & O on Mar.8th 1861. Designed as P & Os most luxurious vessel to date, she was expensively decorated throughout. Her engines were the company's first compound type and were designed to cut the consumption of coal by half. To assist in maintaining a reliable service speed, she was designed with a narrow beam, but this produced severe rolling in a cross sea and she was never a successful ship. Her maiden voyage started 20th Jul.1861 when she left Southampton for Alexandria and she was later transferred to the Calcutta to Suez route (this was before the opening of the Suez Canal when UK - India passages were covered in two parts).
[Ref: 2211] £1,250.00