The clipper 'William McGilvery'

A portrait on broadside view of the vessel, ‘William McGilvery’ in 1877. In the painting her name is clearly visible on the starboard side, and she is shown with other shipping in the distance. She is one of 60 such ships that were built at Maine where shipbuilders became known for their three-masted square-rigged vessels. They required fewer crew members than the clippers, and yet carried more cargo and came to be known as Down Easters. The ‘William McGilvery’ is show flying the American flag.

The painting is signed ‘J Witham 1877’.

Object Details

ID: BHC3720
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Witham, Joseph
Vessels: William McGilvery 1870
Date made: 1877
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Macpherson Collection
Measurements: Painting: 508 mm x 762 mm; Frame: 568 mm x 817 mm x 55 mm

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