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Auxiliary steamer SS OCEAN wearing the ASN Co house flag

Date: c 1878
Dimensions:
Overall: 460 x 600 x 15 mm, 500 g
Medium: Oil on canvas, wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from the Trustees of the Sydney Training Depot
Classification:Art
Object Name: Oil painting
Object No: 00047427

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    Description
    SS OCEAN was painted by an unknown artist during the one year (1878-79) it was owned by the ASN Co. It was later renamed GAMBIER and sunk in Port Phillip Bay on 28 August 1891 in a collision with the ship EASBY, with 21 lives lost.
    SignificanceThe painting records a vessel that was involved in a signifcant Victorian maritime disaster.
    HistoryThe SS Gambier sank in 1891 near Pope's Eye in the West Channel of Port Phillip Bay after colliding with the SS Easby. Because of the threat to shipping, the owners of the SS Gambier were ordered to remove her from the West Channel and the ship was destroyed by explosives.

    Additional Titles

    Collection title: Len E Forsythe Snapper Island Collection

    Assigned title: Oil painting of auxiliary steamer SS OCEAN wearing the ASN Co house flag c 1878

    Web title: Auxiliary steamer SS OCEAN wearing the ASN Co house flag

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