Wed, 29th Apr 2009 12:00

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

 
  Lot 9
 

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R. SORMENI (AMERICAN, C.1965)<br/>The Mississippi...

R. SORMENI (AMERICAN, C.1965)
The Mississippi River paddle steamer City of St. Louis in full steam
Signed 'R. Sormeni' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
20 x 24in. (51 x 61cm.) Framed
Built in 1883 for the Anchor Line, City of St. Louis enjoyed a typical career for a Mississippi excursion steamer. In October 1889 however, she happened to be near the Corona when her boilers exploded and killed 46 passengers and crew, including the captain, sinking almost immediately. The loss of life would have been far greater had City of St. Louis not immediately collected survivors. Sold in 1903 to T. Marshall Miller for $3,125, she burned at her moorings on the 29th October almost exactly twenty years after her launch.

Sold for £248
Estimated at £300 - £500

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


 
R. SORMENI (AMERICAN, C.1965)
The Mississippi River paddle steamer City of St. Louis in full steam
Signed 'R. Sormeni' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
20 x 24in. (51 x 61cm.) Framed
Built in 1883 for the Anchor Line, City of St. Louis enjoyed a typical career for a Mississippi excursion steamer. In October 1889 however, she happened to be near the Corona when her boilers exploded and killed 46 passengers and crew, including the captain, sinking almost immediately. The loss of life would have been far greater had City of St. Louis not immediately collected survivors. Sold in 1903 to T. Marshall Miller for $3,125, she burned at her moorings on the 29th October almost exactly twenty years after her launch.