Montague Dawson (British, 1890-1973) Rolling Along – the American packet ship Gleaner at sea

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Lot 106AR
Montague Dawson
(British, 1890-1973)
Rolling Along – the American packet ship Gleaner at sea

Sold for £ 25,000 (US$ 34,461) inc. premium
Montague Dawson (British, 1890-1973)
Rolling Along – the American packet ship Gleaner at sea
signed 'Montague Dawson' (lower left), bears indistinct pencil inscription 'Ship "Gleaner"/980 tons/...about 1854-55' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
61 x 91cm (24 x 35 13/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Acquired directly from the artist by Frost & Reed, 10 April 1931, stock no.4773.
    Purportedly the collection of Marion "Joe" Carstairs, the speedboat racer.
    Private collection, UK.

    The Gleaner (also noted as Gleanor in some sources) was built in John Currier Jnr.'s yard at Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1854. First registered on 17th October that year at 999 tons American measurement (976 tons British), she was 176 feet in length with a 35 foot beam and was constructed with two decks. Originally owned by a consortium consisting of True and Ezekiel Choate, John and Samuel C. Currier, William Graves, Micajah Lunt and Charles Whitman, her first master was Micajah Lunt Jnr. who remained in command at least until 1859. That same year, Gleaner was sold to Page, Richardson & Co. of Boston who owned the Merchants' Line and operated a regular packet service from that port to Liverpool. Last registered in Boston in 1864, by which time she was owned by G.C. Trefort, she disappears from record thereafter, probably as a result of changing her name since there are no reports of any contemporary wreck named Gleaner.

    We are grateful to Michael Naxton for his assistance with cataloguing this lot.
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