The British and North American Royal Mail Steam Ship 'Scotia', c 1867.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Copy of a painting. Albumen print from the album asembled by John Downes Rochfort. Rochfort visited all the major American Civil War sites in 1867 and some of the photographs he purchased en route have since become some of that war's best known images. Up to this date war had been portrayed as a series of heroic tableaux; these photographs revealed the realities of war for the first time. Rochfort returned from America on the 'Scotia', arriving in Liverpool on 7th December, 1867. The ship was the last and the finest paddle-driven vesel to be constructed for the Atlantic service and held the Blue Riband for the fastest Atlantic crosing from 1862 to 1867.