Ship "Eliza" of Salem

Collection Type

  • Art






Framed watercolor of a ship on the water. There are ten people aboard the ship. Eighteen sails are unfurled and one is furled. A green rowboat is hanging off the stern as well as an American flag. The front mast has a blue and white pennant and the middle mast has a red and blue flag with white stars. To the left in the background is a ship and to the right is another ship and a walled town.


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


"Ship 'Eliza' of Salem. / Owned by Stephen and Stephen C. Phillips. 262 tons / Built at Salem in 1817. Charged to a barque in 1838. / Condemned at Tahiti in 1843." (handwritten)
"Ship 'Eliza' of Salem. / Copy, of the original painting presented by W.P. Phillips / to the Essex Institute, made by M. Mc Pherson in 1902. / showing the 'Eliza' in Leghorn in 1821. (Fine picture.) / Registered at Salem Custom House as follows: - / Oct. 20 1817 Stephen Phillips owner. Wm. Osgood master. / Feb 28. 1832. " " " Geo. Pierce " / Nov. 20. 1838. as barque. S.C. Phillips & J. W. Cheever / owners. W.C. Radcliffe master. / 262 tons. 94.2 ft. long. 25.1 ft. wide 12.6 ft. deep in hold. / The 'Eliza' was built in Salem in 1817. for Stephen / Phillips, to replace his ship 'Union' lost early in that year. / Her first voyage was to Siam for sugar, being the first Salem / vessel to visit that country. She made eight / voyages to the East, some of which were double voyages, until / 1838 she was altered to a bark and sent on two / whaling voyages to the Pacific. / June 30. 1843. she was condemned at Tahiti. / A similar copy by Mr. McPherson and a photograph / of the original picture are in the Marine Hall in Salem. / Nov. 1902. Stephen W. Phillips." (handwritten)

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

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21 3/16 x 28 3/16 x 1 2/16 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

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