M982.71 | "Maggie Louisa" of Yarmouth N. S. - Israel Goudey Commander - Entering the harbour of Leghorn 1866

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"Maggie Louisa" of Yarmouth N. S. - Israel Goudey Commander - Entering the harbour of Leghorn 1866
Anonyme - Anonymous
1866, 19th century
Oil on canvas
50.2 x 72.8 cm
Purchase from Mrs. Laurie Vance Johnson
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Painting (2229) , painting (2227) , Waterscape (2986)
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Keys to History

For a few hardy Maritime women, marriage did not spell the end of their adventures. The brides of captains of the famous Maritime sailing ships sometimes accompanied their husbands on long voyages, that is, until the arrival of children. Annie Rogers Butler (1841-1906) married sea captain John Kendrick Butler on June 9, 1870, and a month later they sailed for South America aboard the brigantine Daisy. Annie's diary of her trip provides us with vivid details of her life at sea: the sewing, knitting, housecleaning, cooking and washing of laundry. She was very homesick during her months at sea, and thoroughly enjoyed visits with other captain's wives in South American ports.

Margaret Conrad, Toni Laidlaw, and Donna Smyth, No Place Like Home: Diaries and Letters of Nova Scotia Women 1771-1938 (Halifax: Formac Publishing Company Limited, 1988).

  • What

    Many ship owners commissioned artists to paint "portraits" of their vessels, such as this one of the Maggie Louisa, which sailed out of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

  • Where

    This painting of the Maggie Louisa shows the vessel entering the harbour in Leghorn (Livorno), Italy.

  • When

    This painting shows the Maggie Louisa in 1866, at the beginning of the "Golden Age of Sail" in the Maritimes.

  • Who

    A few ship portraitists worked in Maritime ports, but sea captains preferred to have their ships painted by artists from European and Asian ports.