MONTAGUE DAWSON | The American Clipper Asterion running before the Wind

MONTAGUE DAWSON | The American Clipper Asterion running before the Wind

£125,000.00Price

MONTAGUE The American Clipper Asterion running before the wind on the open ocean

24" x 36" / 61cms x 91cms

Oil on canvas

 

Asterion was designed as a ‘medium’ clipper, with the owners clearly looking for a middle ground between speed, operational economy and safety (considering how many of the fast Clippers were lost at sea in this period). Her first voyage gives an indication of how profitable these ships were in the period 1840- 1869: for the single voyage she was chartered at over a quarter of her building costs, and amazingly carried 1600 tonnes of cargo despite only weighing 1135 tonnes. Her 8-year career is illustrative of the great distances that these Clippers covered, working between Britain, the Eastern Seaboard, Peru and California.

 

In 1861 she was almost captured by the famous Confederate raider, CSS Alabama, narrowly escaping the warship. Asterion was badly wrecked on Baker’s Island in 1863, prompting a perilous and well reported rescue operation by another US Clipper, Herald of the Morning, with the loss of no crew.

 

Even in their heyday as commercial vessels, Tea Clippers were often seen by the Victorian public as far more than merchant ships, works of beauty as well as functionality. The interest that they generate as subjects for maritime painters seems to suggest that little has changed on this front.

  • 24" x 36" / 61cms x 91cms


    Oil on canvas

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