1968.27 | Lord Palmerston

Lord Palmerston
William Gay York
1863, 19th century
63.5 x 91.5 cm
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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William Gay York (1817-about 1882), a ship portrait artist, was a New Brunswick export to the port of Liverpool. Born in Saint John, in 1851 he chose to relocate to Liverpool and ply his trade there, painting many North American merchant vessels. York produced this portrait of the 1057-ton Saint John ship Lord Palmerston off the Liverpool coast in February 1863. The following year the Lord Palmerston was sold at Liverpool. The ship was abandoned at Pernambuco, Brazil in 1869.

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

  • What

    The dimensions of the Lord Palmerston were 54 metres by 11 metres by 7.4 metres.

  • Where

    The Lord Palmerston was built at Saint John in 1862.

  • When

    York, who later added an "e" to his surname, worked in New York from 1871 until 1882, returning periodically to Liverpool.

  • Who

    The Lord Palmerston was first owned by John McMorran and James Lindsay Dunn, Saint John, but by 1864 was registered to James Kennedy and others, Liverpool.