The "Little Lucy", Steel Screw Steamer.Successful Voyage of a Steel Screw Steamer - (From the Engineer, August 27, 1859.)
Tinted lithograph with large margins. Extremely rare. Sheet size: 400 x 515mm (15¾ x 20¼"). Creasing, some foxing. Loss to margins top left.
The 'Little Lucy', built in 1858 in Stockton, by Richardson, Duck & Co. was Teeside's first steel ship. It was built for river service in the Brazils, travelling from England to Bahia after it was originally due to be sent in loose plates and constructed on arrival. It was decided to test 'Little Lucy', sailing to Falmouth from the Tees before embarking across the Atlantic under sail and steam, to South America. The severe weather the ship successfully endured on this test trip proved that for such a small ship, she was a 'good and safe sea boat'. An explanation of the ship's construction and voyage is printed below the title.
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