The Atlantic packet Albion of the Black Ball Line signed lower left "Montague Dawson" oil on canvas 24 x 44-1/8 in. (61 x 112 cm.)
PROVENANCE: - Frost and Reed, stock no. 5276, titled in pencil on the overlap by the artist. According to Charles Kinzett the work was executed in 1947.
The Black Ball Line of Trans-Atlantic Packets was founded in New York in 1817 and formed by five business partners, Isaac Wright, William Wright, Francis Thompson, Benjamin Marshall and Jeremiah Thompson, to begin the first regularly scheduled trans-Atlantic service of freight, mail and passengers between New York and Liverpool. In order to quicken the delivery of mail and conveyance of passengers, packets were often "driven," even in gale force winds. Due to these severe operating conditions, most packets had relatively short service lives, with many of them meeting their ends in disasters at sea. After only three years of service, the Albion succumbed to a gale off the Irish Coast near Kinsale, claiming forty-six of the fifty-four crew members.