1950.123 | Wm. Carson

Wm. Carson
Joseph Heard (1799 - 1859)
1846-1853, 19th century
79.5 x 122 cm
Gift of Henrietta A. Bogart
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

The Wm Carson, built and owned by the Vaughans of St. Martins, New Brunswick, was sold in November 1853 at South Shields, England. In this portrait the ship is depicted in a gale: several sails have blown out and the fore topgallant mast has snapped. Note the men in the high rigging attempting to cope with this hazardous situation. The painter Joseph Heard (1799-1859) often produced ship portraits that documented dramatic events in the careers of ocean-going vessels.

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

  • What

    The terrifying event depicted in this portrait has not been identified. The work was probably paired with a fair-weather companion painting.

  • Where

    The artist Joseph Heard worked out of Liverpool, England.

  • When

    The Wm Carson was built at St. Martins, New Brunswick in 1846.

  • Who

    The barque's name was changed following the sale in 1853, as it was not registered as the Wm Carson in Great Britain.