Painting, Thomas Battersby

The Thomas Battersby was built in New Brunswick, Canada in 1825 by John Wilson. The ship measured 102 feet long and 323 tons. The Thomas Battersby was owned by Richard Battersby, and its home port was reported as Belfast. Thomas Battersby was built as a scow and rerigged by 1845 as a brig. It was in the cotton trade between Liverpool and New Orleans, and was last listed in the Lloyd's register in 1847.
The painting shows two views of the same ship, the view of the stern employed to show the name of the ship. Liverpool is visible in the back ground with a good view of the industrial buildings. There are several smaller craft in the painting.
Artist Miles Walters was born in 1774 and died in 1849. He was a shipwright, and later a seaman. After leaving the sea Miles moved to London. He later moved to Liverpool with third son Samuel Walters (1811-1882), where he was listed in the directories as an artist. He worked on several pieces with his son Samuel who studied at the Liverpool Mechanics School of Arts. Samuel became one of the most popular marine painters of his time.
Currently not on view
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Walters, Miles
Walters, Samuel
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
without frame: 23 in x 38 in; 58.42 cm x 96.52 cm
with frame: 27 1/2 in x 42 1/2 in; 69.85 cm x 107.95 cm
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Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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National Museum of American History


You may be interested to know that my great x 3 grandfather John Leitch was Captain of the Thomas Battersby from 1837 to his death in 1844. He died on board the ship on 27th May 1844Stephen Fletcher
This ship is named after my Gt Gt Gt Grandfather Thomas Battersby. His burial place is in Templepatrick Graveyard County Antrim N. Ireland. There is a full headstone there giving all family details. I live near Belfast A. Wilson (Battersby).

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