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Film, Video Shamrock" and "Erin" sailing

About this Item


  • Shamrock" and "Erin" sailing


  • The Shamrock is seen after its defeat in the 1899 America's Cup, along with Sir Thomas Lipton's steam yacht Erin, which served as its tow boat and tender across the Atlantic.


  • Blackton, James Stuart, 1875-1941, production, camera
  • Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward), 1875-1958, production, camera
  • American Vitagraph Company
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1899.


  • -  America's Cup--(10th :--1899 :--New York, N.Y.)
  • -  Shamrock (Yacht)
  • -  Erin (Yacht)


  • Actualities (Motion pictures)
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  69556 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1899; 69556.
  • -  Camera, J. Stuart Blackton and/or Albert E. Smith.
  • -  Early motion pictures gives Edwin S. Porter credit as the cameraman, however, according to Edison motion pictures, 1890-1900, the cameraman was Blackton and/or Smith.
  • -  Part of summary from the Internet movie database.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1858) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Photographed October, 1899.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 294-295; Internet movie database WWW site, viewed September 30, 2013; Evening Telegram (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Canada), September 30, 1901, viewed via Google news archive, August 23, 2013; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures, 1890-1900, p. 553, p. 558-559.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (48 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (48 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 120 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 120 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4872 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1879 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 0451 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0340P (paper pos)
  • Box 5069A (paper pos, copy 2)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2013607052

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

American Vitagraph Company, Inc Thomas A. Edison, Paper Print Collection, and Niver. Shamrock" and "Erin" sailing. produceds by Blackton, James Stuart, Uction, Camera, and Smith, Albert E. , Uction, Camera United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1899. Video.

APA citation style:

American Vitagraph Company, Thomas A. Edison, I., Paper Print Collection & Niver. (1899) Shamrock" and "Erin" sailing. Blackton, J. S. & Smith, A. E., prods United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

American Vitagraph Company, et al. Shamrock" and "Erin" sailing. prod by Blackton, James Stuart, Uction, Camera, and Smith, Albert E. , Uction, Camera United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1899. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.