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Purchased this oil painting a few months back of a sailing ship in full sail -its oil on canvas, Reeves branded canvas on what looks to be very professionally mounted in a frame all brass screws, my thoughts maybe 50's/60's painting. The artist has signed the picture - H Rowen. The ship is flying the Red Duster so shes British. I have no other details. At first I thought maybe the Cutty Sark but shes not carrying enough canvas, any thoughts guys on her name?

 

Oh I paid the huge sum of £12 a bargin I thought from a local antique centre a few weekends back, its in very good condition with just one small fleck of missing paint. It was complete with a very tidy professional frame as well.

 

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Norman

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The White Star Line's Red Jacket would be one possibility.  Designed by Samuel Pook of Boston and built by George Thomas Rockland, Maine, she was in the Australian immigrant trade for many years under British colors.  Likewise Donald McKay's Lightning, built for the Black Ball Line's Australian trade.  Unfortunately, what I can see of the house flag at the mainmast truck doesn't appear to match either of these owners.  Assuming the artist was careful about his details (and the rigging in general looks pretty accurate), a positive identification should be possible from the house flag and what is probably the private signal hoisted at the mizzen.  House flags of shipping companies can be researched online if someone on this site doesn't recognize it (a clearer closeup would help).

 

Bill

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Unlikely to be American due to her flying the Red Duster, its not a courtesy flag no Stars and Stripes visible. I did try and look up the main mast flag but theres likely 100's of companies on the link I found and no easy way to look at each other than one at a time.

 

 

 

Norman 

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Matle I think you are right based on the flag http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/us~hfgr.html colours match perfectly on the flag but still cant explain the Red Duster.

 

This looks very familar http://finishingtouchgallery.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Flying-Cloud-Yankee-Clipper-1851-1874-350x250.jpg

 

Norman

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From the Spanker Gaff. The Flag Hoist looks like 1RPV, something under it I can't make out. I read the flag hoist using the international Flag Signals as shown in the 5th edition of the American Merchant Seaman's Manual, mine dated 1965, don't know when they were adapted or if they have been changed

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