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A Wreck on the English South Coast, with a Boat Going Out to Rescue Survivors

Photo credit: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

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This painting, previously provisionally entitled 'Wreck On The Kentish Coast' and believed to depict sailors escaping a stricken vessel in a lifeboat is now believed to depict a rescue scene. The large boat going out to rescue survivors is visible in the middle foreground with a helmsman steering astern and four men rowing in pairs abreast. A fifth man is seated ahead of them while another man is standing in the bow and hailing the wreck. The wreck is a three-master with a fallen mizzen mast which is seen from astern with its bow pointing roughly west towards what appears a stormy evening sunset. An absence of a boat on the side of the sinking ship indicate that those on board have lost their own means of escape.

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery



oil on canvas


H 85 x W 133 cm

Accession number

WAGMG : TA.267

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