Tue, 10th May 2016 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Courageous')

 
  Lot 26
 

26

WILLIAM MACKENZIE THOMSON (BRITISH, FL....

Sold for £124
Estimated at £150 - £250

(Please note the sold price includes buyer's premium at 24%)


Condition report
Mixed.

We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of this property. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Charles Miller Ltd is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.

 
WILLIAM MACKENZIE THOMSON (BRITISH, FL. 1870-1892)
The Guion Line armed merchant cruiser 'Oregon' under way, circa 1885
Watercolour heightened with white
Signed 'W.M.Thomson / New Brompton' (lower left)
11 x 17in. (28 x 34cm.)

The S.S. Oregon was built by John Roach and Son in Chester, PA and owned by the Oregon Steamship Company. On 7th October 1883 the Oregon embarked on her maiden voyage from England to New Jersey, a passage which took a record setting 6 days, 10 hours, and 40 minutes. For part of 1885 she was briefly armed during the "Russian Scare" and it is in this configuration she is depicted here. On 6th March 1886 the Oregon departed Liverpool, England for New York. The voyage was cut short when only eight days later and five miles from her destination she was struck on the port side by a three-masted schooner. The schooner's identity remains unknown however evidence exists to suggest that it was the Charles H. Morse. All aboard the schooner perished and the remains of the ship and its passengers have never been found. It was determined after surveillance that the Oregon was too damaged for salvage.