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VICTORY coming through The Heads

Date: 1897
Dimensions:
Overall: 684 x 1007 mm, 7.2 kg
Medium: Watercolour Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Art
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00008415
Related Place:Sydney Heads,

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    Description
    A watercolour drawing on paper of a nearly fully rigged three masted ship in the foreground, the name VICTORY appears on the bow with what looks like the Aberdeen White Star Line house flag flying from the main mast. Signed and dated 'C. Stephens 1897' in the lower right corner.
    SignificanceThe Aberdeen Line was founded in 1824, and long occupied a prominent place in the Australian trade with its fleet of fast-sailing clippers


    HistoryThere is no recorded information regarding the artist of this painting, C.Stephens. Here they depict a three masted ship under full sail entering Sydney Harbour through 'The Heads'.
    The vessel, named VICTORY, is seen flanked on one side by a small steamer and followed behind by other ships under sail.
    In 1897, the year the painting was produced, there are four vessels registered on the Lloyds List and there were three vessels that sailed the United Kingdom - New Zealand route named VICTORY. However, it is difficult to confirm the actual ship represented. The VICTORY in this painting flies the flag of the Aberdeen White Star Line who did not sail the VICTORY to Australia in 1897, nor did they own a VICTORY.
    Considering the flag and colours of the Aberdeen Line it is possible, if Stephens painted the ship arriving in Sydney in 1897, that it may actually be the ARISTIDES.
    There were at one stage three vessels called VICTORY doing the United Kingdom - New Zealand run but not under the Aberdeen White Star flag and not in 1897.


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