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Antique Lithograph Of US Army Quartermaster Corps. Steamboat 'COL THOMAS'

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A fine large antique lithograph of the United States Army Quartermaster Department steamboat 'GOV THOMAS' built in 1853. This vessel was designed by R.F. Loper, a US Navy officer.  During the first half of the nineteenth century the Quartermaster Department of the US Army provided materials, troops, and whatever else was needed to far flung army outposts on the American Frontier. The Missouri and Mississippi rivers were major arteries for the transportion of men and material to the frontier. Specially built steamboats accomplished this difficult and sometimes dangerous task.

This handsome antique lithograph features both a portrait of the riversteamboat and details of her design. The 'GOV THOMAS' was built during an important decade in American history both in terms of frontier expansion, border questions with Canada, and political conflicts leading to the Civil War.

This is a fine looking lithograph with excellent detail and color depicting the steamboat with infantry massed on deck, officers engaged in swordplay on the hurricane deck, and a load of cargo aft of the sidewheels.

This lithograph is in fine condition with very appealing patina, color, and a few light age marks. At some popint in its life the lithograph was mounted on cardboard.

A fine frontier related piece for anyone interested in western River American Steamboats.

Dimensions:  35 1/4" x 24 1/4"

Price: $285.00

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