Dear Ms. Ignagni,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
If the ship was photographed by an agency of the federal government, we suggest that you contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if they can offer you any assistance with your search. Please include as much information as possible (e.g. dates and locations) in your inquiry.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
Because photography was still a relatively new medium in the 1860s, it is likely that no photograph of the ship exists. It might be possible to locate a drawing, sketch, or other image of the ship, though. We suggest that you explore historical newspapers like those available via the Library of Congress Chronicling America website to search for additional information about or images of the SS Hyram.
If you know the ports of embarkation or entry for the SS Hyram, please expand your search to include potential photographs of those ports or cities. We suggest that you contact local historical societies or archives, as well, to see if they can offer you any additional assistance.
Finally, if you know the name of the company that built the ship, you may be able to search for records related to that organization to see if they include any images of the SS Hyram.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!