The Albatross: Mess Room (A)

ID: SIA2009-3217 and 85-6484


Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: Circa 1900

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

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Interior view of the mess room aboard the ship The Albatross. The mess room features a table with seven chairs, a low hanging chandelier, and a leather couch seen on the right side of the image. 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


  • Three versions of this print exist; (A) is in black and white and measures 5.5w x 4h, (B) is in black and white and measures 10w x 8h, (C) is sepia and measures 10w x 8h.
  • 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 007620, 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
  • Chairs
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Ships
  • Table


  • Photographic print
  • Interior

ID Number

SIA2009-3217 and 85-6484

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White ; Size: 5.5w x 4h ; Type of Image: Interior ; Medium: Photographic Print

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