First Sight of Land (c.1877). Henry Bacon (American, 1839-1912). Oil on canvas.
The prominent mast indicates that even steam-powered liners used auxiliary sails. The well-dressed young passenger, who has cast aside her tartan lap robe and book and risen from her chair, proclaims that women were venturing abroad in greater numbers during the 1870s than ever before to finish their education and prepare for marriage.