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Artist
Date
2010
Media
Etching on paper
Measurements
16 x 22 inches
Classification
Subject Category
Shipwreck
Credit Line
Museum purchase, 2017.9.2
Accession No
2017.9.2
Context
In late October of 1836, the paddle-wheel steamer Royal Tar was on its regular, scheduled passenger run from St. John, New Brunswick, to Boston, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine with a full cargo, including a circus menagerie. Due to a severe nor’wester and an exploded boiler, disaster struck off the coast of Vinalhaven Island and wide-scale panic ensued. Thirty-one people and all of the animals perished.

Featured in “Maine and American Art: Farnsworth Art Museum” with thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation and Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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