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Four masted ship under sail

Date: 1860s -1914
Overall: 440 x 305 mm
Medium: Watercolour on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Watercolour
Object No: 00045521

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    HistoryCaptain William Collin (1834-1914) was born in England, went to sea, and was shipwrecked off north Queensland in 1854. He settled in Sydney until 1862 when he moved to Queensland and operated barges in the coastal trade. He also became a well-known salvage operator and shipbreaker. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Queensland coastal and river trade, and one of his most notable achievements was to mark the passage through Torres Strait with buoys, for the Queensland Government. His reminiscences published in 1914 are an important source for the social and commercial history of early Queensland.

    Frederick (Fred) Elliott was active mostly in Sydney from about 1880 or 1890 to 1930. He also worked in Brisbane. Despite a prolific output of watercolours on marine subjects little is known about him. He is said to have sold his paintings around waterfront pubs for the price of a few drinks. His style combines a romantic use of soft light, mist and reflections, with a realism arising from an accurate knowledge of ships and associated maritime things. His works were almost never dated and were usually untitled or given very general titles.
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    Assigned title: Four masted ship under sail

    Collection title: Captain William Collin Collection

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