• Maritime Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5949

    Maritime Art

    11 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 58

    Antonio de Simone (Italian, fl.1860-1900)

    The New York Yacht Club's steam yacht Nahma off Naples

    Price Realised  

    Antonio de Simone (Italian, fl.1860-1900)
    The New York Yacht Club's steam yacht Nahma off Naples
    signed and dated 'De Simone/1908' (lower right) and inscribed 'S.Y. Nahma' (lower left)
    bodycolour
    17½ x 24½ in. (44.4 x 62.3 cm.)


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    Rigged as a twin-screw schooner, the Nahma was built for Mr. & Mrs. Robert Goelet of New York in 1896-7. Designed by the great G.L. Watson and built by J. & G. Thomson on the Clyde, she was registered at 1,740 tons gross (970 net) and measured 289 feet in length with a 36 foot beam. Powered by a pair of Thomson's triple-expansion engines, she could make 16 knots under steam and was a graceful vessel of perfect proportions. Owned by the Goelets until 1922, although used by the U.S. Navy during the Great War, she was sold three times in four years until settling down under British registry and the new name of Istar. After a brief but colourful episode running alcohol into the United States during the Prohibition era, she later became a shark oil factory ship and was broken up around 1936.

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