Nov. 22nd, 1881 Original Pencil Drawing Cape St. John Bearing W.N.W. Ship Spartan C.H.F. Reed, Master (with) Several Pages of Copies of Other Art from the Voyage
(Art - 19th Century - Nautical Theme)

Not Published, 1881. F Pencil art, with identifier cartouche giving location and details; depicting 2 sailing ships in the waters off Cape St. John. The art initialed "F.O.W. del." in the rolled area of the cartouche design-edging. Approx. 9" x 12 1/4" size, done on a heavy paper stock. Edges chipped and worn, some soiling; reverse with a couple of old tape repairs and paste-mounting residue; in good condition. (with) A full - size copy of this drawing, a 'Permanent Print' made by Lawyers' Photo Print Co. 50 Broad St. N.Y. City, with old fold line; and eleven (11) smaller sheets 8 1/2" x 11" being copies of additional art by the same hand and also copied by the same photo printing co. These reflect the comic vicissitudes of the voyage, which ranged as far south as the Diego Ramirez Islands and depict humorous episodes of shipboard life, usually titled with a comment on the scene in the plate, ie: "Now we angle for Penguins but, the Penguins scoff at us" and the like. These copies with a bit of darkening, edgewear; also in good condition. $250.00 NOTE: From the information at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.), Historic Documents Dept., Catalog no. SAFR 13563./ Bio/History: The Spartan was built in 1874 in East Boston, Massachusetts, in the yard of Robert E. Jackson. The vessel was of a type known as a "Half Clipper," or "Down Easter," a class of medium sized clipper ships built in the northeast states, and was rated at 1,448 tons. The ships dimensions were 207' x 40' x 24. She was built for J. Henry Sears of Boston. The ship had a memorable career. On March 28, 1878, after a voyage from Manila, the Spartan went aground in New York harbor, near Fire Island. The ship was salvaged and repaired, and was later sold to Commander T.H. Allen of San Francisco. After some years of trading, the Spartan was being used as a coal drogher in the Pacific trades. On August 19, 1905, on a voyage from Newcastle, Australia to Kaanapali, Hawaii, she went aground on the east coast of Maui. This time, the vessel and her cargo of coal were a total loss.(From an OCLC search by us, which revealed this entry for the "Spartan Papers" at this SF institution, dated 1897) There are several sailing ships named "Spartan" including another from this era, which had been working for the Union Line of UK ships. Good Paperback (Item ID: 24835)


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