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The clipper ship 'British Merchant', of 900 tons, was totally destroyed by fire at Sydney on morning of 2nd inst. Captain Duthie states that at about 3.00am he was awoke by a crash. He felt stupefied from a suffocating sensation, but contrived to get the cabin window down and saw flames coming up the quarter-hatch.
oil on canvas
H 75 x W 103.5 cm
bequeathed by Miss Gladys Duthie, 1983