The Albatross: Midship (A)

ID: SIA2009-2272 and 85-6486

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: C. 1900

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

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View of the midship portion of the ship The Albatross. The Albatross is the first example of Edison's electricity on a ship. Several rescue boats are seen secured on either side of the 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 in black and white and (B) is sepia.
  • 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,


C. 1900

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  • Boats and boating
  • Electricity
  • Ships


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

SIA2009-2272 and 85-6486

Physical description

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

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