Packet Ship Leaving Liverpool

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“We feel much pleasure in presenting our readers with a series of original marine sketches, drawn for us by Mr. Wade, who understands so well the poetry and life of the ocean. These views represent the most striking phases in the voyage of one of Colonel Train’s packet-ships from Liverpool to Boston.

The first picture shows the vessel leaving port and being towed out of the Mersey by a steam-tug. She is crowded with passengers, who are taking their last look at the familiar face of the city. On the quarter-deck are the cabin passengers, travelling for business or pleasure, some of them, doubtless, afloat for the first time; others, old stagers, who have crossed and recrossed the Atlantic till the voyage presents no novelty. The deck is thronged with steerage passengers, emigrants, bound to try their fortunes in a new world. The large proportion of these have no capital but their thews and sinews, and are now on board a large ship for the first time.”

Ballou’s Pictorial, March 10, 1855