Model (scale 1:48). This was the first vesel to cros the Atlantic under continuous steam power. She was built at Leith, in Scotland, for the service between London and Cork of the St George Steam Packet Co, which became the City of Cork Steam Packet Co. Although never intended for the Atlantic service, this little cros-channel steamer was chartered by the British and American Steam Navigation Co to travel between Cork Harbour and New York. The 'Sirius' left Cork on 4th April, 1838, arriving to the acclaim of a large and enthusiastic crowd 18 days 10 hours later. For the return crosing she was sent off by a crowd of thousands and a seventeen gun salute. After a second double crosing, she returned to short sea crosings, until being wrecked in 1847.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library