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.

Date Made: ca 1850

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Maritime

See more items in: Work and Industry: Maritime, Cigna Maritime Collection, Transportation, Art


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0279.036Accession Number: 2005.0279Catalog Number: 2005.0279.036

Object Name: paintingpainting, oil

Physical Description: oil on panel (overall material)Measurements: with frame: 39 3/4 in x 41 1/2 in; 100.965 cm x 105.41 cmwithout frame: 23 1/2 in x 35 1/2 in; 59.69 cm x 90.17 cm


Record Id: nmah_1301941

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