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Brig PHANTOM, Sydney Cove

Date: 1847
500 x 610 x 35 mm
Medium: Watercolours, paper, cardboard, wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00038688
Place Manufactured:Sydney
Related Place:Sydney Cove, Bennelong Point,

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    A broadside view of the brig PHANTOM lying off Fort Macquarie (present day Bennelong Point) in Sydney Cove. The ship is finely detailed, showing signal flags, the British red ensign and the Union Jack. Unlike many other Garling works, the painting includes a shoreline with Government House and Fort Macquarie clearly visible.
    SignificancePHANTOM was typical of many small vessels that came to Australia in the 19th century pursuing trade opportunities with the emerging colonies.

    Frederick Garling is regarded as colonial Australia's leading maritime artist.
    HistoryThe PHANTOM was 142 tons, built in Scotland in 1841 and registered in Leith. Under its owner Captain John Miller, PHANTOM sailed to Australia via the Cape of Good Hope with a cargo of merchandise, timber and iron, arriving in early 1842. Until 1848 the brig traded between Australia, Singapore, India and New Zealand, being briefly registered in Calcutta. The fate of PHANTOM is unclear; the vessel may have sunk in 1861.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Brig PHANTOM, Sydney Cove

    Primary title: BRIG phantom HT Phantom Fox Commanding offr Macquarie Fort Sydney Cove NS Wales

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