"Burning of the Clipper Ship 'Golden Light'"and
"A Squall off Cape Horn" (1856)
Dreadnought off Tuscan Light" (1856).
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Clipper ships enthralled America during their heyday, from
the early 1800s to the mid-1800s, during which time they hauled
cargo throughout the world. Their speed and beauty represented
the country's prosperity and progress, although it was this
very progress that made their technology obsolete.
The advent of steam replaced clipper ships with steamboats
and locomotives. Their gradual disappearance from the high seas
made them a natural choice for a nostalgic series: Currier and
Ives made at least 75 lithographs of clipper ships.
"Low Water in the Mississippi" (1868).
Rollover to "Cincinnati Steamboat, Ohio River" (1848).