The Archimedes, fitted with Mr. F.P. Smith's Patent Screw Propeller... off The Nore, on her trip from Gravesend to Portsmouth... May 14th 1839

A coloured aquatint, which is apparently one of a pair (see also PAH0211), showing 'Archimedes' in port-broadside view with her sails furled. 'Archimedes' was fitted with Francis Pettit Smith's revolutionary propulsion system. Below the image is a drawing showing a cross-section of the vessel and either side of this are inscriptions. To the left, it reads: "The Archimedes ... Steamer. / fitted with Mr F.P. Smith's patent screw propellor / off the Nore, on her trip from Gravesend to Portsmouth, which was performed in 21 hours, against a fresh breeze from the West ... May 14th 1839." To the right, it reads: "Built by Mr. Hy.Wimshurst of Limehouse for the Ship Propeller Company." Beneath this is a list of dimensions.

'Archimedes' is notable for being the world's first steamship to be driven by a screw propeller. She subsequently had a profound influence on ship development, encouraging the adoption of screw propulsion by the Royal Navy,


Object Details

ID: PAH8879
Collection: Fine art
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Rosenberg, Charles; Huggins, William John
Vessels: Archimedes (1838)
Date made: 1838; 14 May 1839
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 426 x 547 mm;

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