Painting, Bellona and Minerva

The Bellona was built in Westmorland, New Brunswick by William Venning in 1826. It measured 106 feet long and 402 tons. The Minerva was built in Truro, Nova Scotia by William Walker; in 1826. It measured 101 feet long and 308 tons. Both ships were owned in part by James Battersby & Co. and Richard Battersby of Belfast. In the painting the Bellona is shown with a full press of sail with the lower fore-studding sail only just being sent down. Minerva is turned into the wind under reduced sail, about to anchor. Minerva is identifiable by its name at the stern. Other small ships can be seen 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
Object Name
painting, oil
date made
ca 1832
Walters, Samuel
Walters, Miles
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
without frame: 22 1/2 in x 37 in; 57.15 cm x 93.98 cm
with fame: 27 1/2 in x 42 in; 69.85 cm x 106.68 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

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