Painting of Sailing ship Salem

Painting of Sailing ship Salem

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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
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cigna Maritime Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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My grandfather was the captain of the 'Salem' from the latter part of the 1800s to about the early 1915 or sometime then. She was owned by a company in the southern part of Norway, and there are photos of the 'Salem' anchored below Capt. Wilhelm Sorensen's house, (my grandfather) in the harbour of Brevik in southern Norway. She was caught in a storm off the eastern coast of Scotland and capsized. I can provide some more details if necessary, please let me know.

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