"Steamer UMBRIA departing for New York"
H. C. White Co.
overall: 3-1/2 x 7 in.; image: 3-1/8 x 6-1/8 in.
Stereograph mounted on gray board with rounded corners; photograph of the steamer UMBRIA (built 1884 ) at the ocean steamship landing-stage in Liverpool, England, getting ready to depart for New York, 1902, large crowd of people on dock to watch departure; printed on left "H. C. WHITE CO., Gen'l Offices N. Bennington, Vt., U.S.A./ Branch Offices: New York, Chicago, London."; printed on right "The 'PERFEC' STEREOGRAPH. (Trade Mark.)/ Patented APril 14, 1903. Other Patents Pending."; printed on bottom right "2597 The Ocean Steamship Landing-stage, Liverpool, England. -/ Steamer Umbria departing for New York./ COPYRIGHT 1902 BY H. C. WHITE CO."; printed on back "2597/ the Ocean Steamship Landing, Liverpool, England./ Le quai des grands vapeurs, Liverpool, Angleterre./ Muelle de Vapores Trasalanticos, Liverpool, Inglaterra./ Der Landungsplatz der Ozeandamfer, Liverpool, England./ Oceanangarnes tillaggsplats, Liverpool, England./ (Russian script/ same text)." and "It is a pity that so many tourists hurry immediately from/ Liverpool upon landing, and set out for Chester as if the/ first town was not worthy of the slightest inspection. The/ dock system here is marvellous in its completeness, and de-/ serves careful attention. Indeed, Liverpool has a feature no/ other seaport can boast, and that is a great landing stage or/ floating dock, from which all steamers of all lines, depart./ Its sole use is to embark and disembark passengers. The/ steamers take on cargo at their own docks, and then on the/ morning of sailing day leave them and anchor in midstream,/ until it is time to come along side, usually an hour previous/ to sailing. The landing stage consists of a pontoon 2,453/ feet long, and is connected by bridges to the wharves. Trains/ from London run direct to the pier, so that passengers/ may leave the train, and step across the stage to the steamer's/ gang-plank, an excellent arrangement. But, then, all of/ Liverpool's arrangements are excellent, and this floating/ dock, as well as all the others, is owned by the City to/ which it brings a handsome yearly income. The steamer,/ in our view, is a Cunarder, the Umbria, just sailing for New/ York. She is justified in claiming a good record for she/ has been running since 1884, with 7,748 tonnage, length 501/ feet and with 14,500 horse power, which gives her a speed/ of twenty knots an hour. At one time she held the record/ between New York and Queenstown. Liverpool has more/ registered tonnage than any other port in the world, although/ the value of the cargoes are not so great as those of Lon-/ don. Altogether the summing up of Liverpool may be made/ in two words, 'commercial prosperity.' Even the poet sings/ thus of it:/ 'Huge warehouses for cotton, rice and corn,/ Tea and tobacco, log and other woods,/ Oils, tallow, hide, that smell so foully foreign/ Yea, all things known as goods.'/ See Baedeker's Great Britain./ Longfellow's Poems of Places."