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Screw steamer INDIANA, passing a sister ship, 1878
William Howard Yorke ( 1847-- 1921 )
Oil on canvas 31 in. by 40 in.

Built in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1873 for the American Line by William Cramp & Sons, the INDIANA (3,126 tons and 373 feet in length) was one of four sister ships (along with the ILLINOIS, the PENNSYLVANIA, and the OHIO) engaged in service between America and Europe. Under the command of Captain George Sumhers, she sailed between Liverpool and Philadelphia. The house flag and funnel carry the "keystone" emblem of Pennsylvania.

In addition to this version portraying a windward view, the artist painted a smaller one showing the vessel again under sail and steam, but from the conventional leeward side.

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