(n/a) Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921)
The Sinking of the S.S. Oregon signed lower right "A. Jacobsen 1903, 31 West Palisades Av., West Hoboken, NJ" oil on canvas 22 x 36 in. (56 x 91.5 cm.)
The S.S. Oregon was built by John Roach and Son in Chester, PA and owned by the Oregon Steamship Company. She had principal dimensions of 283'LOA x 37.4 ft. beam x 23.4 ft. draft, and weighing 2,335 tons. On 7 October 1883 the Oregon embarked on her maiden voyage from England to New Jersey, a passage which took a record setting 6 days, 10 hours, and 40 minutes. On March 6, 1886 the Oregon departed Liverpool, England for New York. The voyage was cut short when only eight days later and five miles from her destination she was struck on the port side by a three-masted schooner. The schooner's identity remains unknown however evidence exists to suggest that it was the Charles H. Morse. All aboard the schooner perished, and the remains of the ship, and it's passengers have never been found. Although the Oregon suffered considerable damage, she managed to stay afloat for nearly eight hours after the impact, in which time all 1,700 passengers and crew were evacuated. Three vessels responded to the Oregon's distress signals, the Fannie A. Gorham, the Phantom (pictured in Jacobsen's painting of the event), and the German steamship Fuda. It was determined after surveillance of the wreck that the ship was too damaged for salvage.
LITERATURE: Harold S. Sniffen, Antonio Jacobsen, The Checklist, Smith Gallery - New York, 1984, pg 228, #18.