The Albatross: Fore Ship (B)

ID: SIA2009-3220 and 85-6485


Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: Circa 1900

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 007620, Box 6, Folder 3

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View of the upper deck of the ship The Albatross. Two men are seen in the foreground. The print also features some line and rigging, etc. The Albatross is the first example of Edison's electricity on a ship. 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


  • Two versions of this print exist; (A) is sepia and (B) is in black and white.
  • 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.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 007620, Box 6, Folder 3

Contact information

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


Circa 1900

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  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

SIA2009-3220 and 85-6485

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h ; Type of Image: Exterior ; Medium: Photographic Print

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