Watercraft

Bush Ranger Restraint: 1910

Bush Ranger Restraint: 1910

Iron Jacket or Iron Maiden used as punishment and restraint on a Bush Ranger (or bushranger) aboard the prison convict ship Success. The Success was used in the 1850s to transport British convicts to Australia. Bush Rangers referred to runaway convicts in the early years of the British settlement of Australia. Bain News Service, publisher. Photo taken between 1910 and 1915.

Chicago Canal Elevator: 1900

Chicago Canal Elevator: 1900

Old photo showing a cargo ship and tugboat in a canal elevator on the Chicago river. Nice view of old building with a huge vintage Schlitz beer advertising sign ca. 1900. Detroit Photographic Company. LOC original medium: color photochrom print.

Wooden Maiden, British Torture Device: 1910s

Wooden Maiden, British Torture Device: 1910s

Torture device known as the wooden maiden aboard the prison convict ship Success. The Success was used in the 1850s to transport British convicts to Australia. Similar to the iron jacket, or the iron maiden, a prisoner was placed inside and long nails were sometimes pounded in. On the deck of a ship as shown, it would also become extremely hot inside the device on warm days.

Geodetic Survey Instrument: 1937

Geodetic Survey Instrument: 1937

Description from LOC: "New fathometer used at full speed. Washington, D.C., May 7. Dr. Herbert Grove Dorsey of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey has invented an instrument to secure the precise measurement. The machine sends a sound, pitched so high that it is above audibility, traveling thru the water a known speed, the sound hits the bottom and returns as an echo at 20 times per second.

Torture Irons on Convict Ship Success: 1910

Torture Irons on Convict Ship Success: 1910

Torture irons aboard the prison convict ship, Success, used in the 1850s to transport British convicts to Australia. Bain News Service, publisher. Photo taken between 1910 and 1915. LOC original medium: 5 x 7 in. or smaller glass negative.

Steam Yacht Emerald: 1910

Steam Yacht Emerald: 1910

Steam yacht Emerald underway. Photo between 1900 and 1910. Detroit Publishing Company, publisher. Vintage photograph provided by LOC. Original medium: 8 x 10" glass negative.

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