Painting, Packet ship Berlin

This oil by an unknown artist portrays the packet ship Berlin, built by C.V. Minot at Phippsburg, Maine in 1850. Packet ships were named after the packets of mail they transported. They ran on regular schedules, which helped plan commercial transactions. The three-masted square-rigged vessel is sailing into an unidentified harbor against a rocky coastline, with a lighthouse and steamship in the left background.
Berlin measured 222 ft. 5 in. in length by 40 ft. in beam and 1634 tons. Berlin was sold to the Alaska Portland Packers Association at an unknown date and was registered out of Portland, Oregon. This company was most active in the early 20th century and operated a salmon fishery out of several small towns on the Alaskan coast. Berlin's final fate is unknown.
Currently not on view
Object Name
painting, oil
date made
ca 1850
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cigna Maritime Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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