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It shows an American ship in the centre, perilously close to the shore. Her fore-topgallant mast has snapped off and though her sails have been partly taken in she appears dangerously over-canvassed for her situation, as she runs in before a easterly gale. She is also flying the American flag upside-down to indicate that she is in distress. Crossing hazardously close under her bows is a small cutter, heading into harbour on the port tack.
oil on canvas
H 37.5 x W 50.8 cm