A photographic view of a large steamship on the River Dart near Warfleet, published by Francis Bedford & Co. Castle Line was hired by the government to sail between London and South Africa every other Thursday, on a twenty-day passage which called at Dartmouth. In 1890, Castle Line replaced its Dartmouth call with one at Southampton. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer, best known for his numerous topographic and architectural views of Britain. In 1857 Bedford became a member of the Photographic Society and in 1862 he accompanied the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII (1841-1910), as official photographer on a tour of the Middle East. He was assisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.
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