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The missing vessel: a navy ballad

Date: 1834-1836
Overall: 338 x 252 mm, 0.04 kg
Medium: Printed ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Sheet music
Object No: 00036394
Place Manufactured:United States

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    This sentimental sheet music is a naval ballad about a missing ship. It features a lithograph by J Penniman of a ship sinking in stormy seas beneath a moonlit sky with a passenger escaping on a small row boat. It was dedicated to Lieutenant George H Hollins, US Navy and is believed to have been written by a lady in Baltimore, to be sung and played on piano.
    Significance'The missing vessel: a naval ballad' indicates the influence of sailing vessels, the navy and maritime events on 19th century society and sheet music production. Laments and sentimental ballads commonly depicted shipwreck scenes.
    HistorySheet music offers an insight into popular culture and social values at the time of their production. The widely distributed pieces were sold fairly cheaply, making them popular purchases with the general public. Music was an integral part of people's social life in the home and at public events such as balls, recitals, concerts and theatre shows.

    Maritime scenes, events and stories were commonly depicted on sheet music covers. The launch, commission or arrival of a specific ship was often being commemorated in the lyrics and cover designs. For people living in the 19th century the sea and maritime stories were a part of everyday life, necessary for the transportation of cargo, passengers, mail and naval forces.
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    Related People
    Lithographer: John Penniman

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