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(Attributed to / Attribué à) Francis Hustwick, (1
1846-1863, 19th century
61.5 x 82 cm
Gift of C.T. Nevins
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Today few residents of Liverpool, England give a passing thought to the past connection between their city and New Brunswick. Along with surviving physical testimony such as Brunswick Dock and Canada Dock in Liverpool, perhaps the best evidence of this important 19th century trade link is the lasting influence that it had upon immigration patterns. During the height of the 19th century influx of immigrants to British North America, thousands departed for New Brunswick from the port of Liverpool. Many used the province as a continental entry point and soon traveled to more distant areas within Canada and into the United States.

The ship Oregon was transferred to Liverpool and was named for the British territory on the Pacific coast, a popular destination for migrant frontiersmen at the time. In this portrait a Liverpool pilot cutter is approaching the Oregon to discharge a local pilot, who will guide the vessel up the River Mersey.

Source : The Golden Age of Sail [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)

  • What

    The presence of the houseflag of William and Richard Wright indicates that this portrait was painted in 1846, the year the Saint John firm owned it.

  • Where

    The Oregon was built in Saint John, but was soon transferred to Liverpool ownership.

  • When

    The Oregon was built in 1846 and wrecked in 1863.

  • Who

    British artist Francis Hustwick (1797-1865) is known for using a pre-1801 Red Ensign in his ship paintings; bad spelling was another of his traits.