Derek George Montague Gardner (British, 1914-2007) Sunrise: The Glory of the Seas in St George's Channel, bound for Liverpool, February 1877
Lot 99AR
Derek George Montague Gardner
(British, 1914-2007)
Sunrise: The Glory of the Seas in St George's Channel, bound for Liverpool, February 1877
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 13,415) inc. premium

The Marine Sale

12 Apr 2017, 14:00 BST

London, Knightsbridge

Lot Details
Derek George Montague Gardner (British, 1914-2007)
Sunrise: The Glory of the Seas in St George's Channel, bound for Liverpool, February 1877
signed 'Derek G. M./GARDNER' (lower right)
oil on canvas
61 x 91.5cm (24 x 36in).

Footnotes

  • Glory of the Seas was last in a long line of medium clippers designed and built by the great Donald McKay in his East Boston yard. Launched in October, 1869, she was registered at 2009 tons net and measured 240 feet in length with a 44 foot beam. Built to his own account at a time when he was in financial difficulties, McKay spared no expense in her construction and even accompanied her on her maiden voyage from New York to San Francisco. Unfortunately for him, news of his money worries had preceded him and when she docked, McKay found that his ship had been sold to Charles Brigham of Boston in lieu of his debts. Brigham sold her to Captain Josiah Knowles, who kept her till 1880, and under his command she achieved many notable passages and two records that still stand. She spent the 1890s in the Pacific Coast coal trade, but was laid up in 1902 until sold again in 1905 for conversion into a barge. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake reprieved her and she spent a busy five years hauling much needed lumber for the city's rebuilding. She ended her career as a floating cannery and then a storage hulk until burned for her scrap metal in 1923.

    Glory of the Seas is depicted here on the final leg of her record-breaking voyage from San Francisco to Liverpool in 107 days carrying the most valuable cargo of her career, totalling $242,665.
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