Free Art Download: The Launch of the Steamship “Frank J. Hecker,” St. Clair, Michigan – 1905

Free Art Download Frank J Hecker
Free Art Download: The Launch of the Steamship  “Frank J. Hecker,” St. Clair, Michigan – 1905
Swap the old Fight Club poster on your wall for a piece of beautiful history.
This majestic photo captures the inaugural sendoff of the steamship Frank J. Hecker in St. Clair, Michigan during the fall of 1905. Big waves, a proud flag, and excited onlookers create an inspiring photo that conjures up all kinds of stories behind it.

The Hecker was a cargo ship used for many things for over 55 years, including automobiles when it was converted in 1954. Unfortunately the steamer found its final resting place northwest of Azores in the Atlantic ocean when it sank in 1961 while being towed to shipbreakers in Italy.

The image is designed to be printed to fit a 11×14 frame or smaller, with a white matte border built in.

To download, click on the link above in the desired size, then click on “File” and “Download”.Follow the instructions on the Hemingway post.

This black frame was purchased at Wal-Mart for $5 near the photo section.If you make one, I'd love to see it!

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.


  • Reply June 4, 2013

    Rajiv Ashrafi

    That’s a brilliant photo! Thanks for sharing a high-res copy.

  • Reply June 4, 2013

    Ron Macoon

    I look forward to the day, after years of getting compliments, that a fellow primer reader enters my apartment and calls me out on decorating almost exclusively from these awesome downloads

    • Reply June 4, 2013


      Haha, I get that now! When my friends come over they’re like, “Oh yeah, saw that on Primer, yep that too.”

  • Reply June 4, 2013


    Where do you get ideas for these photos? I’d love to start digging up my own.

    • Reply June 12, 2013


      I believe he got this particular photo from the Library of Congress, but he did a nice job cropping it and sharpening the image. Makes a noticeable difference in my opinion. In general, the library of congress has some really awesome pictures, but it takes a little time to sift through. A more curated website of crazy, cool old pics is

  • Reply November 11, 2013

    John William DeRienzo

    Love this photo. One word: Epic.

  • Reply December 10, 2015


    Ha! This is awesome! I know I’m about 3 years late on this, but I am from Marine City, MI, which is the town just south of St. Clair. My wife is from St. Clair. Both towns were prominent Great Lakes shipping and industry towns in the 1800s. This is a beautiful photo, and you did an outstanding job cleaning it up! This one is going up at home for sure. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply December 10, 2015


      Awesome!! Share a photo when you have it up! 🙂

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