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The paddle steamer ‘President’ is shown at anchor in the Mersey off Liverpool. She is embarking passengers on 10 February 1841 to sail to New York, which led to her last ill-fated return voyage. Passengers are boarding the ship from a small boat waiting alongside. The gold figurehead of a president is clearly visible in profile. The river is full of watermen bringing passengers and luggage to board the ship while others are taking sightseers to view it.
oil on canvas
51 x 76 cm
National Maritime Museum
Romney Road Greenwich, London, Greater London SE10 9NF EnglandView venue
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