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    Sale 5386

    Maritime

    21 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 68

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

    The Royal Yacht Squadron's steam yacht Golden Eagle in Neapolitan waters (illustrated); and The Royal Yacht Squadron's steam yacht Golden Eagle at sea in a gale

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    Antonio de Simone (Italian, fl.1860-1900)
    The Royal Yacht Squadron's steam yacht Golden Eagle in Neapolitan waters (illustrated); and The Royal Yacht Squadron's steam yacht Golden Eagle at sea in a gale
    the first signed and dated 'De Simone 1902' (lower right) and inscribed 'S.Y. Golden Eagle' (lower left); the second signed and dated 'De Simone 1902' and inscribed 'S.Y. Golden Eagle' (lower left)
    bodycolour
    17 x 24½ in. (43.2 x 62.2 cm.)
    a pair (2)


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    The steel screw schooner Golden Eagle was designed by the great G.L. Watson and built by Ramage & Ferguson at Leith in 1899. Owned by Sir Samuel Scott, M.P. for Marylebone, of Grosvenor Square, London, she was registered at 356 tons gross (159 net & 445 Thames), and measured 159 feet in length with a 25 foot beam. Engined by her builders and with sails by Ratsey & Lapthorn, she was a handsome vessel and remained with her first owner until 1907 when he sold her to Arthur Salvin Bowlby of Gilston Park, Harlow, Essex. Renamed Vanessa by her new owner, Bowlby allowed the Admiralty to charter her as an armed patrol yacht for the duration of the Great War (from Oct. 1914), during which time she rendered valuable service in Home Waters. Released back to Mr. Bowlby in March 1919, he kept her for a few more years until she was sold to Sir William Raeburn, Bt., who restored her original name to Golden Eagle once again.

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