after CHARLES PARSONS (English/American 1821-1910) A COLORED STONE LITHOGRAPH, "The United States Mail Steam Ship Guatemala 1021 Tons," New York, 1849, ink on paper, inscription reads, "John M. Dow, Commander. Belonging to the Panama Rail Road Company's Central American Line. Length: 206 ft. Breadth: 32" Depth of Hold: 17" 6 in., Builder of Hull: Samuel Sneeden. Builder of Engine: Charles H. Delamater," originally drawn by Charles Parons and Lithographed by Endicott & Co., NY. 19" x 27 1/2" NOTE: "John Melmoth Dow was a shipmaster, shipping agent and naturalist. Born in New York City in 1827, he joined the Panama Railroad Company. He made his first voyage to the Central American coast in 1851, and remained involved with Central and South American coastal trade as a ship captain until 1876. He was appointed commander of the steamer Constitution in 1853, and opened the Central American service of the Panama Railroad Company as commander of the steamer Colombus. He later became a shipping agent for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. During his years as a shipping agent, Dow was captured and held hostage by revolutionist Pedro Prest án in 1885. He was arbitrator in the dispute between the Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interocéanique and the American Contracting and Dredging Company in their attempt to build the French Canal in Panama. Dow died in New York City in 1892." Provenance: Collection of Captain John Melmoth Dow.
A repaired tear at center, some foxing spots mostly at left and bottom, mild fading of color, but overall in good to very good condition, wear commensurate with age.
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