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The painting records an incident on the ‘Great Eastern’ when a buoy was caught in the paddle of the steamship. The buoys were used as markers during the attempted recovery of cable lost overboard. This event probably occurred during the laying of the transatlantic cable by the ship. In this dramatic scene the silhouette of the ship is lit by the moon looming out of the darkness. A number of figures are involved in the attempt to free the trapped buoy trapped.
oil on canvas
H 40.5 x W 33 cm