Sirius (1837)
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Aug. 3, 2011

A relative of mine was the 1st Mate on the Sirius (first steam ship to cross the Atlantic in 1838). Where would I find a record of the crew?  My father has a silver tea urn which was presented to him as a memento of the achievement.  I think his name was Parker.

Many thanks,
Jenny Kent

Aug. 13, 2010

I found the wonderful photo of the steamer "Sirius" replica on your site. What I wouldn't give to have been among those in that picture! Is there anything you can tell me about her? I have spoken to several knowledgeable sources, but none were aware that the replica even existed. Given the facts that she appeared in at least two films (Rulers of the Sea, 1939, Reap the Wild Wind, 1942), that she was authentic right down to her box boilers and side lever engines, and that she was operated during her namesake's centennial, it is beyond my scope of imagination to believe that all memory of her existence has disappeared from all the minds of those whose primary interests are maritime endeavors. 

At some point, I ran across some information that put her in the Netherlands, so I would not be surprised that she was a casualty of the war. As MaritimeQuest is the ONLY place I have found that refers to the working replica specifically, I would be extremely grateful for any information that you could provide, or point me in the direction of. 

Most sincerely,
Bill Hull

Sept. 4, 2009

I believe this is the one used in the movie "Rulers of the Sea" 1939 starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. I have the movie on VHS. It has many good scenes of the engine room & paddles while underway. Given the tech. of 1939 I think this was a working replica of the original.

Gary Thorson
Mesa, Arizona

Aug. 13, 2008

I saw the photo of a replica of the Sirius at your web site. This is the only reference to the steamer's replica I have been able to find.  Can anyone tell me about this vessel?  In particular, is her power plant also replicated?  Any information, technical or otherwise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

Bill Hull
Cambridge, Maryland  

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