A Westerly Trade Wind – The Boston Clipper "Southern Cross"
Signed MONTAGUE DAWSON; also inscribed with the ship's name on the reverse
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm)
Framed: 29½ x 39½ inches (75 x 100.5 cm)
The Southern Cross was built for Baker & Morrill in Boston in 1851 and weighed 938 tons. She was well proportioned, measuring 170 feet in length with a 36 foot beam; and she had a golden eagle on the wing as her figurehead. She held the record from San Francisco to Calcutta, taking only 56 days for the journey. From Calcutta she returned to Boston in just 97 days. In June 1863 during the American Civil War she was captured and burned by the Confederate armed merchant raider, the Florida.
Another view of this ship, also sailing on the high seas, and with the same dimensions, is illustrated in L.G.G. Ramsey's monograph on Dawson.
Private Collection, Montreal, Quebec, by 1955
Thence by descent to his grandson, Montreal, Quebec, until 2016
Acquired from the above
cf. L.G.G. Ramsey, Montague Dawson, R.S.M.A, F.R.S.A., Leigh-on-Sea, 1970, p. 49, no. 241, pl. 45, for illustration of another depiction of the Southern Cross