1961.82 | Still Water

Still Water
Edouard Adam (1847 - 1929)
1879-1905, 19th century
57.5 x 84 cm
Bequest of Malcolm L. McPhail
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

The practice of selling New Brunswick vessels and their cargoes in England after a single Atlantic crossing changed by 1850. By then many timber merchants and investors were purchasing rather than chartering vessels. Many shipbuilders also discovered that it was to their advantage to expand into vessel ownership.

A number of families rose to prominence in New Brunswick's shipping industry in the 19th century. Among these was the Troop family. In the mid-1800s, Saint John merchant Jacob Valentine Troop began using his own vessels to carry fish and lumber to the West Indies in exchange for sugar and molasses, which he sold in New Brunswick. In partnership with his son Howard, he held shares in over sixty vessels.

The barque Still Water was one of the many wooden sailing vessels in the Troop fleet. In 1898, she made a record passage of fifty-one days from Buenos Aires to Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

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

  • What

    Draft numbers visible on the bow and stern are notable details included by the artist. This load line, developed by Samuel Plimsoll, was adopted by British statute in 1876.

  • Where

    The Still Water was built by David Lynch and launched at Saint John in 1879.

  • When

    The Still Water was wrecked off the Turks Islands in the West Indies in 1905.

  • Who

    Marie Edouard Adam (1847-1929) of Le Havre, a keen observer and researcher, painted this oil ship portrait.