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EXPRESS PASSENGER LINER
CITY OF PARIS
Four Times Blue Riband Winner
From the Original Oil on Canvas.
Dated 1889.

ANTONIO NICOLO GASPARO JACOBSEN
(Danish / American 1850-1921)


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INMAN AND INTERNATIONAL LINER, CITY OF PARIS AT SEA


A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF NA¤VE MARINE ART

One of Jacobsen's finest works.  The attention to detail is outstanding.

S.S. City of Paris, a twin screw, express passenger liner was built by J. & G. Thomson of Clydebank, Glasgow, Scotland and launched on 20th October 1888. At the time of her maiden voyage in April 1889 she was the largest ship afloat. She had a long, eventful and varied career on the trans-Atlantic run becoming a four times Blue Riband winner in the process - her best Atlantic crossing (2,782 nautical miles) in October 1892 took 5 days, 14 hours and 24 minutes at an average speed of 20.7 knots (24 mph).

In 1893 she was transferred to American Line, registered under the American flag and renamed "Paris". During the 1898 Spanish-American War she was chartered by the U.S. Navy taking the temporary name "Yale", reverting back to "Paris" at the end of the war and returning to trans-Atlantic work. After her rebuild following the The Manacles incident (see below) she was renamed "Philadelphia".  In 1917 she was requisitioned by the U. S. Navy, renamed "Harrisburg" and used as a WWI troop carrier until the end of 1918. Returned to her owners in December 1919 and reverting to her former name of "Philadelphia" she continued on the Atlantic run for another 9 months. The now elderly and out-dated ship was sold in 1922 to new owners who intended her for use in the Mediterranean but almost immediately their finances collapsed and as a result in 1923 she was sold for scrap at Naples, eventually being broken up at Genoa.

An almost catastrophic mishap occurred on 25th March 1890 when, under full power, her starboard propeller shaft sheared causing an engine to self-destruct with parts piercing bulkheads and hull. She was out of service for a year whilst undergoing extensive repairs. This was not to be her only misadventure. In May 1899 she ran aground on The Manacles off Cornwall, England from whence she was re-floated, towed to Belfast, repaired, refitted with new engines and twin smoke stacks. It seems the more names a vessel has, the unluckier she becomes.

Displacement: 12,720 tonnes.   Gross Tonnage: 10,508 tons    Length: 560 feet.    Beam: 63 feet.    Power (after refit): 18,000hp.    Cruising Speed: 20 knots.    Crew: 362.    Passengers (max): 1,740


Photo circa 1889

For details of Jacobsen, see his masterwork: County of Edinburgh Stranded.


FINE ART PAPER EDITION -  Limited Edition of 100.
Image:                  16 x 30 inches (406 x 762 mm).
Overall Sheet:        24 x 36 inches (610 x 914mm )


US.$ 295.00 - including postage and packing.              

 

FINE ART CANVAS EDITION -  Limited Edition of 25.   
Image:                   16 x 30 inches (406 x 762 mm).
Printed on canvas:   24 x 36 inches (610 x 914mm).


 US.$ 455.00  -   including insured postage and packing.    

Please allow an additional 3 days for delivery for the Canvas Edition

Notes:
(1)  The original oil painting is 32 x 60 (813 x 1,524 mm).
(2)  The paper edition image size can be adjusted to fit your specific framing requirement.
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(5)  If you wish and at no extra cost, the canvas print will be finished with Hahnemuhle satin varnish to make it suitable for unprotected exhibition.
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