The Unlucky Collins Line

An enterprising Yankee briefy ruled Atlantic sea lanes but a chain of disasters dogged his great steam packets


It was a time when the sea called out to every Yankee lad its promise of adventure and reward. America was still the coastline and the rivers, and both then and thereafter seemed laden with an unmistakable scent of brisk salt air. Mr. Madison’s War of 1812 had ended, the seas beckoned to all who would sail them, and it began to look as if America would not only sail them—but might even inherit them.