Chinese School, circa 1916
These lots have been imported from outside the EU … Read more This painting commemorates the trip I made on the USS Wilmington from Hongkong, China to Manila, P.I. Dec. 17-20, 1915. 61 degree roll. Ship narrowly escaped capsizing.Pay Clerk J. Flynn, U.S.N.
Chinese School, circa 1916

USS ‘Wilmington’ near capsizing

Chinese School, circa 1916
USS ‘Wilmington’ near capsizing
inscribed by Pay Clerk J. Flynn, U.S.N. recording the incident and with a printed extract from the log of USS Wilmington on the inside of the backing board, and with a typed transcription of both taped to the backing board
oil on canvas
13 1/8 x 17 5/8in. (33.3 x 44.7cm.)
J. Flynn, U.S.N., c.1916 (inscriptions on the backing board).
Anon. sale, Butterfield and Butterfield, San Francisco, Dec. 1987.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, The Dragon and the Eagle: American Traders in China, A Century of Trade from 1784 to 1900, Dec. 2019-April 2019, 3.33.
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U.S.S. Wilmington was laid down at Newport News, Virginia in 1895 and commissioned in May 1897. The gunboat served with the American Asiatic Squadron from 1901 to 1922.

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