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      Greg French Early Photographyspecializing in nineteenth - century photographs
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U.S.S NIAGARA: TRANSATLANTIC CABLE,
LIBERATED SLAVES
&
ACTIVE IN THE CIVIL WAR

Handwritten on the mat: "U.S.S. Frigate 'Niagara.' Commodore Thomas T. Craven, Commander. At Antwerp, Belgium, June, 1864. Presented to Charles W. Carroll, Post 144, by Commander W.B. Gould, one of her crew. September 21, 1900."

The second USS Niagara was launched in 1855. USS Niagara and the HMS Agamemnon were responsible for the first transatlantic telegraph cable in 1857-1858. USS Niagara carried the cable ashore in Newfoundland. The USS Dolphin captured the slave ship Echo off the coast of Cuba. The USS Niagara had the task of returning 271 liberated enslaved people back to Liberia but only 200 survived the journey home. In another first, the USS Niagara carried Japan’s first diplomatic mission to the U.S back to Japan after stops in Cape Verde, Luanda, Angola, Djakarta, Java, and Hong Kong. The ship returned via Hong Kong and Cape Town and arrived to find the outbreak of the Civil War. Extensive service in the Civil War, capturing a blockade runner, engaging Confederate defenses and watching over Confederate ships in Europe. (source: Wikipedia)

On December 24, 1860, The New York Times published a letter: "From Our Own Correspondent… from the 'U.S. FRIGATE NIAGARA, AT SEA Saturday Sept. 1, 1860.' The title was 'THE AFRICAN SLAVE-TRADE; Letter from on Board the Niagara The French Emigrant System The English 'Apprentices' The Immense Profits of the Slave-trade The Slaver Erie, &c.

On October 9, 1959, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper ran a sketch title 'Group of African Negroes on Board The Niagara.' Part of the caption: "After the Echo was intercepted by a U.S. anti-slave trade patrol, President James Buchanan ordered the Echo survivors to be sent from Charleston to Liberia on the U.S.S. Niagara."

Here's a great link to some more information on the U.S.S. Niagara: http://landandseacollection.com/id654.html

FRAMED PHOTO DERIVED PRINT
$1300.
U.S.S NIAGARA
SIZE
Photo: We have not taken this apart so cannot give exact measurements of the image. The entire frame is approximately 19 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches. The portion of the image we can see is approximately 12 x 16 inches.
CONDITION
Through the glass, the image appears to be in good condition, with just some light soiling. The mat appears to have some discoloration. The frame has some nicks and chips, but is in good condition overall. The back of the frame has lots of old paper affixed.
APPEARANCE
Very good tones. Great size. Nice presentation.

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