Baltimore Harbor Views Collection - PP143

Collection finding aids of Photograph Collections in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Maryland Historical Society

[ca. 1867-1870]

Prints and Photographs Division, Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Finding aid created by Katherine Cowan with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 1999


One event depicted in this collection's photographs may be the sailing of the John T. Ford in June 1867, which drew thousands of spectators to the wharves along South, Pratt and Light Streets in Baltimore. This was a miniature ocean vessel, a sailboat, embarking under the guidance of Captain Gold, with the assistance of city-owned steam tug Baltimore. As described by the Baltimore American, along with scores of people on shore, "The basin itself was frequented by skiffs, pungies, batteaux, canoes, and every species of water craft, more or less laden with interested lookers on" (June 24, 1867). The John T. Ford may have been named for the theater owner and local politician, John Thomson Ford (1829-1894). In addition to owning theaters in Baltimore, Washington, D.C. (the infamous Ford's Theater where Lincoln was shot), Philadelphia, and Charleston, S.C., Ford served as a Baltimore city council member starting in 1858, and was acting mayor of the city for two years. He served in many other administrative capacities including state director of the Maryland penitentiary, and was active in philanthropic work.

The steamship Juniata is also depicted in the collection, built in 1849 for the Baltimore and Susquehanna Steam Company. Juniata ran to the Susquehanna River on a daily schedule in the 1850s-1870s, departing from West Falls Avenue in the Baltimore harbor.

Collection Origin

Gift of Hon. Henry Stockbridge, 1921 (no accession number).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 1 folder containing 6 undated photoprints which are attached to a single piece of board, with the caption "Views in the harbor of Baltimore Md.". Although undated, the photographs are thought to have originated in the late 1860s to 1870, and may originally have been stereoviews. Subjects include the steamboat Juniata; views of crowds at the wharves, possibly on the occasion of the sailing of the John T. Ford in 1867; a view of the harbor from Federal Hill; and views of unidentified sail boats in the harbor.


The photographs are attached to a single board, housed in 1 folder.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1

PP143.1 - Steamship Juniata in Baltimore harbor with Ft. McHenry in background, n.d.

PP143.2-.3 - Crowds on wharves at Baltimore harbor, possibly on occasion of 1867 sailing of the John T. Ford, n.d. Duplicate/copy negatives: Z24.320; Z24.257.

PP143.4 - Baltimore harbor viewed from Federal Hill, n.d. Duplicate/copy negative: Z24.255.

PP143.5-.6 - Baltimore harbor with unidentified sail boats, n.d. Duplicate/copy negatives: Z24.259; Z24.256. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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