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DARTFORD

Date: 1910
Dimensions:
Sight: 215 x 355 mm
Overall: 489 x 620 x 40 mm
Medium: Watercolour on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Art
Object Name: Watercolour
Object No: 00040034
Place Manufactured:Bunbury

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    Description
    The painting depicts the three masted fully-rigged sailing ship, DARTFORD, in broad-side view flying the red ensign of the British Merchant Marine. The ship's name can be seen along the hull.
    SignificanceThis watercolour by professional maritime artist George W R Bourne shows a scene typical of the post-Federation era of shipping and trade around Western Australia.
    HistoryThe DARTFORD was an iron-hulled three masted sailing ship of 1327 tons. Built in 1877 by Mounsey & Foster in Sunderland, England, the sailing ship was well known in both Australian and New Zealand waters. DARTFORD sailed under the English flag for a variety of owners, including John T Morton, London 1877-1883, G Traill & Sons 1883-1900, and D Cosar & Sons 1900-1908.

    Purchased in 1908 by New Zealand's Union Steam Ship Company, the DARTFORD began a new career as a training ship. DARTFORD sailed into Bunbury, Western Australia with 12 cadets in July 1909 during its first voyage in this new capacity. Departing Bunbury fully laden with a cargo of jarrah timber, the ship set sail for Wellington in August. Used variously as a sail-training ship and coal hulk for the next 38 years, DARTFORD was eventually dismantled and beached on Rangitoto Island (off Auckland) in 1946.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: "Dartford"

    Web title: DARTFORD

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