View engraved after a photograph of the steamship La Champagne, an ocean liner which sailed for the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, commonly known as the French Line.
La Champagne made her maiden voyage in 1886 as one of four sister ships on the route Le Havre-New York. She was outfitted with two funnels and four masts carrying a barquentine rig. With 6,726 gross tons, 508 ft (155 m) in length, and 52 ft (16 m) in width, she could accommodate, according to the author, 226 first-class, 75 second-class, and 900 third-class passengers.
On May 28, 1915, La Champagne was caught in a storm, ran aground near the entrance of the port of Saint-Nazaire, and broke in two.
The caption reads in the original French:
La Champagne, paquebot de la Compagnie transatlantique.