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Sch. "Spy" of Salem

2006.44.811 (RS84938)

Description

Framed watercolor of a ship at sea with seven sails unfurled. There are six figures on deck, a blue and white pennant on the first mast, and the second mast has a long triangular American flag. Top sail has the name of the ship in reverse.

Details

Maker
Macpherson, M
Date
1904
Inscriptions
"Sch. 'Spy' of Salem" (handwritten)
"Topsail Schooner "Spy." 138 Tons. / Built at Medford in 1823. / 74 ft long. 22 ft. in beam. / on deck. square stern and figure head. / Registered Aug. 7. 1832. / Stephen Phillips owner. J.B. Knight mast. / Sailed in Aug. 1832 for the Feejees. / used in trading there and later sold at / Manilla. / Copy by M. Mac Pherson made / in 1904 from an original water / color in possession of S.W.P. + J.D.P. / which long hung at Phillips's Wharf. / The only alteration is in replacing a / long blue pennant with word "Spy" upon it with the Phillips signal. / S.W.P gave a copy to Museum / Stephen W. Phillips April 1904" (handwritten)
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
Painting
paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)
watercolors (paintings)
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
16 4/16 x 21 12/16 x 1 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.811
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
179956

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