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'Emily Burnyeat'

Photo credit: The Beacon Museum

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This type of painting was often done by 'Pier Head' artists or sometimes by members of the crew. The flags flying on the mizzen mast of this ship are the Commercial Code, which acted in much the same way as a modern car number plate: the code 'TSGC' identifies her as 'Emily Burnyeat', a vessel built by Gowan at Berwick in 1862. She was owned by Burnyeat & Co. of Whitehaven. There are however, are one or two discrepancies in the painting. This ship was rigged as a schooner, rather than a brigantine, and she had a figurehead, which is not shown in the painting.

The Beacon Museum



'Emily Burnyeat'




oil on tin


H 33 x W 43 cm

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acquired, before 1973

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