Painting of the Down Easter Pocahontas

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Pocahontas was built by the Houghton Brothers in 1855. The ship was constructed in Bath, Maine and measured 193.6 feet long and 1196 tons. Pocahontas was engaged in the trade of cotton and manufactured goods between New Orleans and Liverpool. The Houghton Brothers operated one of the largest and most successful fleets of Bath deep-sea full-rigged ships. The Houghton Brothers designed many deep-sea cargo carriers; Pocahontas was one of their few vessels that sacrificed cargo space for speed. Though the ship was still designed as a Down Easter, it was nicknamed "a clipper" because of its speed.
The painting is a portside view of Pocahontas. The ship is shown sailing up St. George's Channel just outside Liverpool. There are several other vessels sailing about. Artist William Howard Yorke was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and moved to Liverpool as a child. Yorke's father William Gay Yorke was also a painter. William Howard Yorke's earliest known painting was done in 1858 and his latest done in 1913.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1857
Yorke, Jr., William Howard
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
without frame: 30 in x 44 in; 76.2 cm x 111.76 cm
with frame: 37 in x 55 in; 93.98 cm x 139.7 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cigna Maritime Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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