The Albatross: Interior science room [A]

ID: SIA2009-2269 and 85-6483


Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: Circa 1900

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7620, Box 6, Folder 3

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Interior view of ship The Albatross. Several bowls and dishes are seen in the foreground, and beyond the table sits an electric light bulb. The Albatross is the first example of Edison's electricity on a ship. This photograph was taken at Woods Hole Station, Massachusetts. Smithsonian Institution scientists traveled aboard the Albatross on scientific expeditions. The ship has a fully functioning science lab.


  • Edison, Thomas A (Thomas Alva) 1847-1931
  • Albatross (Steamer)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Three versions of this print exist, [A] is in black and white and measures 11w x 8h, [B] is sepia, and [C] is in black and white and measures 5.5 x 4.
  • The Albatross was built in 1882 for the US Fish Commission (also known as the US Bureau of Fisheries in 1903 and currently the National Marine Fisheries Service). For 40 years, the steamer traveled the north Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States, the Caribbean, Alaska, the Hawaiian Islands, Japan and the Philippines conducting marine research.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7620, Box 6, Folder 3

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


Circa 1900

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Boats and boating
  • Electricity
  • Lighting
  • Ships


Woods Hole (Mass.)


  • Photographic print
  • Interior

ID Number

SIA2009-2269 and 85-6483

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White; Size: 11w x 8h; Type of Image: Interior; Medium: Photographic Print

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