Painting of the Down Easter Pocahontas

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
painting
painting, oil
date made
ca 1857
maker
Yorke, Jr., William Howard
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
2005.0279.027
accession number
2005.0279
catalog number
2005.0279.027
subject
Maritime
Transportation
Art
Cigna Maritime Collection
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cigna Maritime Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title
Pocahontas
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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