The Steamer Missouri


“Steamer Missouri.”  From The Family Magazine; or Monthly Abstract of General Knowledge.  Cincinnati: Eli Taylor, 1841. Lithograph by Klauprech & Menzel.  5 1/2 x 8 3/8.  A few minor stains; else, very good condition.


The Family Magazine was a magazine issued in Cincinnati between 1836 and 1841.  The magazine, advertised as an “abstract of general knowledge”, with articles on science, health, life in America, as well as including stories and many interesting illustrations.  This is one of the most interesting images from the journal, a detailed image of the steamer Missouri produced by the early Cincinnati lithograph firm of Klauprech & Menzel.  This steamer ran mostly between St. Louis and New Orleans.  It was known as the “Big Missouri” because it was the largest ship on the river before the launch of the Sultana in 1848.  It was destroyed by fire in St. Louis on July 8, 1851.  This view includes much interesting detail of the ship.