Painting of Sailing ship Salem

Salem was built in 1852, at New Brunswick, Canada, and measured 155 feet long and 839 tons. Its home port was Liverpool, England, then Hull, England, and it often traded to Australia. It disappears from the register in 1873.
The painting is a portside view of Salem, with all its sails unfurled. The hull of the ship has painted gunports. A Union Jack is at the foremast, calling for a pilot. There are two lighthouses in the background. All the flags are new, and the masts, hull and rigging are repainted. Small sailboats in the background show signs of being over cleaned.
Currently not on view
Object Name
painting, oil
date made
ca 1850
Physical Description
oil on panel (overall material)
with frame: 39 3/4 in x 41 1/2 in; 100.965 cm x 105.41 cm
without frame: 23 1/2 in x 35 1/2 in; 59.69 cm x 90.17 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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