The Sirius: the First Steamer to Cross the Atlantic

By James Hornell, published February 1937


The voyage was made in 1838 partly as a result of a paper given at the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1836 which had declared such a feat impossible. The eighteen day outward voyage is described through contemporary documents, including the ship’s log and the public interest and outcomes are described through letters and newspaper reports. The ship’s later career is described up to and including her sinking off Ballycotton in 1847.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Shipbuilding & Design

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