"Sambo's Introduction to a Sub Marine Diver", Port Royal, South Carolina

Object Number: 
December 1863
Graphite on paper
Overall: 4 3/16 x 11 1/4 in. (10.6 x 28.6 cm)
Verso inscribed at center in brown ink: "An / Amusing Incident in Station Creek Port Royal Harbor S.C. / Sambos Introduction to a / Sub Marine Diver"
Civil War Drawings Collection. An event of December 1863, in which an early sub-marine diver, cleaning oysters off an ironclad 'Monitor' class steam ship at Station Creek, near Port Royal, South Carolina, surfaces near a boat of black watermelon sellers, startling them. The diver humorously absconds with one of the melons, as the frightened vendors flee the scene. The ironclad under repair was likely the USS 'Lehigh' or 'Nahant'.
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group