• Maritime Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5949

    Maritime Art

    11 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 152

    Shane Michael Couch (b.1963)

    The King's cutter Britannia and the mighty Satanita powering to the finish off the Royal Yacht Squadron, 1893

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    Shane Michael Couch (b.1963)
    The King's cutter Britannia and the mighty Satanita powering to the finish off the Royal Yacht Squadron, 1893
    signed and dated 'Shane M Couch 98' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    16 x 25 in. (40.6 x 63.5 cm.)


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    Satanita was built in 1893 for A.D. Clarke to a Sopher design. With a waterline length of 93 feet 6 inches and a mainsail of almost 5,000 square feet she was capable of speeds of up to 17 knots, the fastest ever reached by a racing gaff cutter. Ultimately she was cut down to a yawl rig and sold into the Mediterranean where her owners included the Hollywood star, Errol Flynn.

    For a footnote on Britannia please see lot 132.

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