Painting of the Champlain

Champlain was built in 1834 in New York by an unknown builder and measured 131.10 ft. long and 624.46 tons. The ship was owned by W. Platt, H.F. Hollingshead and others of Philadelphia. W. Platt was the father of the 8th president of the Insurance Company of North America, Charles Platt, and great uncle of the 11th president, John Osgood Platt. The ship was regularly involved in the tea trade between Philadelphia and China, at one point captioned by Caption A.A. Ritchie. The painting is a windward view of the Champlain where the ship is tipped away from the viewer, which is unusual. The ship is displayed in Liverpool harbor, with a lighthouse and fortress (Perch Rock Fort) to the right of the ship. Two pillars in the background are Bootle landmarks, used for navigation. The painting was hung in a specially designed molding in the office of the President of the Insurance Company of North America from 1925 when the company was founded until 1991.
Currently not on view
Object Name
painting, oil
date made
Walters, Samuel
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
without frame: 33 in x 47 1/2 in; 83.82 cm x 120.65 cm
with frame: 42 1/2 in x 57 1/2 in; 107.95 cm x 146.05 cm
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accession number
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cigna Maritime Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

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