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The ship on fire

Date: 1834
Overall: 337 x 212 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Sheet music
Object No: 00036386
Place Manufactured:New York

User Terms

    This sheet music booklet features a black and white image of a vessel on fire with two row boats filled with passengers leaving the sinking ship. It was composed for voice and piano, dedicated to J Firth and printed in New York. Scenes of shipwrecks and maritime events were commonly depicted on sheet music covers.
    Significance'The Ship on Fire' illustrates the popularity of maritime themes on sheet music during the 19th century, with shipwrecks being popular themes for sentimental ballads and laments.
    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 commemorated in the lyrics and cover designs. For people living in the 19th century the sea and maritime vessels was an everyday part of life, necessary for the transportation of cargo, passengers, mail and naval forces.

    The first two lines of 'The Ship on Fire':

    The storm o'er the ocean flew furious and fast,
    And the waves rose in foam at the voice of the blast
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: The ship on fire

    Web title: The ship on fire

    Related People
    Publisher: S C Jollie

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