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This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Jardine Brothers
William Howard Yorke (1847 - 1921)
1880, 19th century
51.5 x 86 cm
Purchase from Commander Hugh Mallenson
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum

Keys to History:

Brothers John and Thomas Jardine, nephews of John Jardine Sr., built more than forty-five vessels at their yard in Rexton, New Brunswick. The barque Jardine Brothers, 523 tons, was launched in 1870. She remained afloat until 1882, when she was wrecked on Ile St. Pierre in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on a voyage from Liverpool, England, to Newcastle, New Brunswick. This painting by William Howard Yorke shows the Jardine Brothers battling stormy seas.

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


The J & T Jardine shipyard at Rexton, New Brunswick, was known locally as "Jardineville" or "The Yard", illustrating its importance to the local economy.


The artist William Howard Yorke was born in Saint John in 1847.


W. H. Yorke followed in the footsteps of his father, ship portraitist William Gay York, enjoying an active career as a ship painter in Liverpool from 1865 to about 1913.


Thomas Jardine arrived from Scotland in 1834 and worked at his Uncle John's Richbucto yard before he and his brother established an independent shipyard in 1849.

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