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[Method of raising sunken ship with five ropes and ships, diagram of curved pipe in water, and surrounding text]

A new & accurate map of Bermudas or Sommer's Islands, taken from an actual survey; wherein the errors of former charts are corrected.

Shah Allum in distress

Shakspeare - Tempest, act 1, scene 1 / painted by G. Romney ; engraved by B[enjamin?] Smith.

End of the Irish Invasion : - or - the Destruction of the French Armada / Js. Gillray, inv. et f.

Bermudas, drawn from actual surveys, and improved by Blunt's Coast Pilot.

Ships at sea, some undersail, one shipwreck C. Köpper

Driven on a shoal G.R. Bonfield

Chart of Ocean Island : sketch of an island in lat. 28° 22ʹ N. long. 118° 30ʹ W. or thereabouts supposed to be Ocean Island upon which the ship Gledstanes was wrecked June 9th 1837 at 11 h. 30 m. p.m., high water, full and change 5h am., rise 22 inches

Two views, one of a shipwrecked vessel on the shore, the other of a lighthouse and outbuildings seen from a distance

Disasters of 60 days : Wreck of Steamship Tennessee, Indian Cove, March 6th, 1853 ; Wreck & burning of the steamer Independence on the island of Margarita, Feby. 16th, 1853. 150 lives lost ; Collapse of flue on board Jenny Lind off San Francisquito, April 11th, 1853, 50 lives lost ; Wreck of propellor steamship S.S. Lewis, Duxburg Reef, April 9th, 1853 / / Lith. & pubh. by Britton & Rey, cr. California & Montgomery St., San Francisco.

Wreck & burning of the steamer Independence on the island of Margarita, February 16th, 1853 ; 150 lives lost / / From the sketch of Mr. Cross, passenger ; Lith. & publd. by Britton & Rey, S. Fco.

My child! My child! / engraved and published by John C. McRae, N.Y.

They're saved! They're saved! / engraved and published by John C. McRae, N.Y.

Destruction of the packet-ship John Rutledge by an iceburg, Feb. 20, 1856 The only survivor, Thomas W. Nye, of New Bedford [with others in lifeboat].

[Loss of the Central America--Two illustrations: Mrs. Ellis and her four children in the berth, known as the "birdsnest"; the rescued female passengers of the Central America in the cabin of the brig Marine]

The Central America engulphed in the ocean, about eight the ship began to settle rapidly, when she momentarily righted and went down stern foremost

Loss of the Central America

Loss of the Central America

Loss of the Central America

The lost ship - a ballad / J.B.N. ; John Bufford's Lith. Boston.

[A wrecked boat]

Picking up the floating bodies. The Tug McQueen picking up the body of Capt. Jack Wilson

On the Carolina coast nr. Hatteras

Sunken vessels, in the Rappahannock River, below Fredericksburg, with earthwork commanding the channel

The Pacific Mail Company's steamer "Golden Gate," burned at sea July 27, 1862 The United States Infantry burning the house of the Rebel Ruffin under the guns of the United States gun-boat "Mahaska" / / sketched by an officer of the "Mahaska."

The National steamer Oriental, on shore on the sandpit near Nag's Head, N.C. / From a sketch by our special artist, Mr. J.H. Schell.

Stone blockade off Charleston

General map of Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, showing rebel defences and obstructions.

General map of Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, showing rebel defences and obstructions /

General map of Charleston Harbor, South Carolina : showing rebel defences sic and obstructions

General map of Charleston Harbor, South Carolina : showing rebel defences [sic] and obstructions /

Total destruction of the Democratic platform / terrible shipwreck and loss of life in Salt River

Burning of the steamer Stonewall, on the Mississippi River, October 28th, during which upward of two hundred lives were lost

The sinking of the United States steamer Oneida off the port of Yokohama, Japan, Sunday, January 23 / from a sketch by a survivor.

Man, possibly a castaway or shipwrecked sailor, standing on rocky shore seeing a ship on the horizon; may show signs of disbelief at the prospect of being rescued

The recent accident on the Mississippi Central Railroad / from a sketch by Mr. Montgomery Meigs. Lieut.-Commander W.L. Stewart ; Commander E.H. Williams ; Lieut. Commander A.W. Muldaur ; The sinking of the "Oneida" by the "Bombay".

The departure, launching the life boat

North Carolina. The steamship "Metropolis," wrecked in a gale off Currituck Beach, on the night of January 31st, with the loss of one hundred railroad operatives, on their way to Brazil

Man, woman, and girl on shipwreck debris at sea with rainbow above

Kiralfy Bros "Around the world"

Licensed wreckers - in the hands of the receivers / J. Keppler.

In the jaws of death - a cold day for the Independent Party / Gillam.

Gambling with death / Gillam.

Blundering again! / Gillam.

They saw their "Flying Dutchman" - it crossed their path, and they were lost / Gillam.

Women and children first

Not this time! / Dalrymple.

U.S. Reports: Irrawaddy, The, 171 U.S. 187 (1898)

The sorrows of Satan from the famous novel of Marie Corelli.

Wreck of the "Vizcaya" /

Another party heard from / J.S. Pughe.

A map of Sable Island showing the location of the known wrecks upon the island

Wreck of the battleship "Maine" /

Woman leaning against cross on rock in middle of stormy sea near a shipwreck

Panorama of wreckage of water front /

Lost in the desert the great dramatic spectacle : written by Owen Davis.

[Superstructure of the Maine after her sinking, 1900]

Trying to float the old wreck / J.S. Pughe.

In dire distress / Keppler.

A volunteer crew wanted / J.S. Pughe.

"Maine" wreck, Havana Harbor, W. to Custom House (with tower, on right), Cuba

Safe in dangerous waters / Ehrhart.

All that was left of the boat which carried over 1000 souls to destruction. General view of Slocum after being raised, Slocum Disaster, New York Harbor

The Slocum Disaster, New York Harbor, June 15, 1904--Gen'l Slocum the morning after the disaster, bodies on the beach showing in the background

Stern view of the Slocum. What was left of the boat which had on board over 1400 people. General Slocum Disaster, June 15, 1904

The mass of burned timbers and ruined metal, showing broken paddle wheels s[h]a[f]t. General Slocum Disaster, New York Harbor, June 15, 1904

General Slocum Disaster, New York Harbor, June 15, 1904. Diver going down for bodies in upper saloon, out of which over 175 were taken

On the deck of the Slocum, showing the effects of the fire on metal work and s[tee]l. G[enera]l Slocum Di[saste]r, New York H[arbo]r, June 15, 1904

Maine as it is now Kentucky, Havana, Sept 3, 1906.

Farthest north / J.S. Pughe.

The song that kills / K.

The flying dutchman / Kep.

"Dogs first!" / Albert Levering.

Wreck of the U.S.S. Maine, June 16th, 1911

Wreck of the U.S.S. Maine, June 21st, 1911

Wreck of the U.S.S. Maine, July 21st, 1911

Wreck of the U.S.S. Maine, June 7th, 1911

Raising of battleship Maine

Wreck, U.S.S. Maine, Nov. 18, 1911

Wreck of the U.S.S. Maine, June 16, 1911

Raising of battleship Maine

Wreck of the U.S.S. Maine, June 21st, 1911

Destruction of "Maine", Havana harbor, Cuba, Spanish-American War 1898

Titanic disaster

[Remains at water's edge of U.S. Brig Niagara, flagship of Commodore Perry during the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie]

13 anniversary, destruction of the U.S.S. Maine, Havana Harbor, Feb. 15, 1911

Can he remain on the Tight-Rope? A cartoon published when the submarine crisis became acute last June Norman Lindsay

One of the notorious U-boats stranded on the south coast of England after surrender

U.S. Reports: Eastern Transp. Co. v. United States, 272 U.S. 675 (1927)

Only and exclusive photo of the Vestris as it went down

Remarkable photo of the Vestris disaster

United States, East coast: Charleston Light to Cape Canaveral

Alaska Standard, Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, Benicia, Solano County, CA

Shipwrecks of Isle Royale National Park, Surrounding waters of Lake Superior, Houghton, Houghton County, MI

Le Capne. Aubert, Comt. le Jean Baptte de Caen, sauvant l'equipage de Brick Americain le Lydia / T. Gudin pinxt. et lith. ; lith. de Lemercier.

The loss of the Pennsylvania New York packet ship; the Lockwoods emigrant ship; the Saint Andrew packet ship; and the Victoria from Charleston, near Liverpool, during the hurricane [...] Jany. 7th & 8th, 1839 / painted by Samuel Walters ; drawn on stone by T. Fairland.

A narrative of the loss of the Kent,

Adrift in spite of rock and tempests roar ... Coffin

Journal by Mabel Hubbard Bell, from October 25, 1884 to November 21, 1886

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