Photochrome prints of ships

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

Historical photograph of 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.

A historical photograph of the stern of admiral Nelson's flagship

Sailing boats in the harbor of Naples, Italy

Historical photograph of 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.

Historical photo of the Hohenzollern leaving the port of Venice, ItalyA steam ferry in the Lake District, England

Historical photograph of a steam boat in the Lake District in EnglandThe Lydia, England

Old postcard from around 1890 of the 'Lydia', a ship in England

 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.

Historical photograph of the smoking room of a steam boatThe promenade deck of the steamer ‘Maria Theresia’ (detail)

Historical photograph of the deck of a steam boatThe battleship USS Texas, USA

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.

Historicl photo of the American ironclad battleship 'Texas'

Loading grain on the Chicago river, USA

Historical photograph of ships loading grainCan’t get enough of these historical photographs?  Admire additional photochroms of North America, England, Ireland and the European continent.