Photochrom or photochrome prints are a type of color prints that were very popular between 1890 and 1910. The photochrome process was mainly used to print postcards. Below is a collection of such historical photographs of sailing boats, steam boats, ferries and other ships. Since there are so many beautiful photochrome pictures of ships in harbors, there is a separate page showing old postcards of harbors.
The ‘Impregnable’, a training ship in Plymouth, England
The ‘Victory’, admiral Nelson’s flagship in Portsmouth, England
This ship played a decisive role in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The English fleet defeated its Franco-Spanish enemies but during the action Admiral Lord Nelson was fatally wounded. Nowadays the ship can still be visited in Portsmouth’s Royal Naval Dockyard.
Sailing boats in the harbor of Naples, Italy
The SMY Hohenzollern II leaving the port of Venice, Italy
This was the second Royal Yacht of the German Emperor Wilhelm II. Most of the over four years that he spent on board was during prolonged trips to the Fjords of Norway. This Imperial Yacht was in use from 1893 to 1914.
The smoking cabin of the ‘Kaiser Wilhelm’ steamer
Norddeutscher Lloyd’s ‘Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse’ made her maiden voyage from Bremerhaven to New York on 19 September 1897. She was the first ship on which the entire upper deck was used for cabin passenger accommodation. The crew’s quarters were placed on the maindeck below. The ‘Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse’ became the first passenger ship sunk during World War I.
This steamship, built in 1892, was the first battleship of the U.S. Navy. It is a so-called pre-dreadnought ship, meaning that it was built shortly before the revolutionary British HMS Dreadnought (1906). That ship used heavier, centrally mounted guns and steam turbine engines.
Loading grain on the Chicago river, USA