Painting, British Barque Moss Rose

Painting, British Barque Moss Rose

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The barque Moss Rose was built in 1863 by Thomas Hilyard (1810-1873) at St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada. Hilyard is known to have built at least 48 ships; the smaller ones stayed in Canada and the larger ones were often sold to British owners. Moss Rose's original bill of sale is in the Hilyard family papers at the Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Moss Rose measured 153.3 ft long and 797 tons and and was first owned by Shute & Co. of Liverpool, Great Britain. In 1867, it was sold to Charles Hill of the Albion Dock, Bristol, England, and he retained the ship's original captain Bustin until 1881. Moss Rose remained in service until 1886 and was abandoned the following year.
In this painting, Moss Rose is shown off the South Stack, Holyhead Mountain, the Skerries, Anglesey, North Wales. The Skerries Reef and lighthouse are to the left of the painting, and the harbor of Holyhead is hidden behind the hull of the barque. At the foremast flies a pilot jack, or flag requesting a pilot. Behind the ship, a two-masted pilot schooner races for the ship, which has just begun to shorten sail in order to lose enough speed to take on a pilot from the schooner. Art historian A.S. Davidson has identified this painting as by Liverpool marine painter Francis Hustwick, based upon a variety of factors, including the outdated British ensign (flag) with a white border flying off the stern.
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Object Name
painting, oil
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Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
with frame: 34 1/4 in x 46 in; 86.995 cm x 116.84 cm
without frame: 23 1/4 in x 35 in; 59.055 cm x 88.9 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cigna Maritime Collection
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National Museum of American History
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