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    Sale 2067

    Maritime Art

    3 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 122

    Montague Dawson, F.R.S.A.,R.S.M.A. (British, 1895-1973)

    The U.S.S. New York in Mid-Atlantic

    Price Realised  

    Montague Dawson, F.R.S.A.,R.S.M.A. (British, 1895-1973)
    The U.S.S. New York in Mid-Atlantic
    signed 'Montague Dawson' (lower right) and inscribed as titled (on the reverse)
    watercolor heigthened with white
    15 x 29¾ in. (38.1 x 75.6 cm.)


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    U.S.S. New York, lead ship of a two-ship class of battleship built at the New York Navy Yard and commissioned in April 1914. She served in the Caribbean and Atlantic. In December 1917, the U.S.S. New York joined the British Grand Fleet where she was flagship of the U.S. battleships of the Sixth Battle Squadron during the remainder of the First World War. In 1941, with the coming of war to Europe, she helped in the occupation of Iceland and escorting convoys. In November 1942, the U.S.S. New York took part in the invasion of North Africa, and then steamed to the Pacific theatre in early 1945. The U.S.S. New York's big guns were bombarded Iwo Jima and Okinawa in support of the invasion forces, and she was damaged by a suicide plane during these operations. After the Japanese surrender in August 1945, the U.S.S. New York moved back to the Atlantic before assignment as a target during the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946. In July 1948, the U.S.S. New York was sunk off Pearl Harbor as a target for Navy aircraft and ships.