Sch. "Spy" of Salem

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1904

GUSN

GUSN-179956

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

Descriptive Terms

watercolors (paintings)
paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)
wood (plant material)
Painting

Inscription

"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.),

Additional Identification Number

P388
FA052

Maker

Macpherson, M

Dimensions

16 4/16 x 21 12/16 x 1 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.811