William G. Yorke 
Bark ST. ANDREW off Point Lynas, Liverpool British (1817-1892)

Oil on Canvas Dated 1872
24 x 36 inches 30 ½ x 42 ½ inches Framed
Signed LR: W. Yorke, L'pool, 1872  
   

William G. Yorke 
 
British (1817-1892)
 
Bark ST. ANDREW off Point Lynas, Liverpool

Oil on Canvas Dated 1872
24 x 36 inches 30 ½ x 42 ½ inches Framed
Signed LR: W. Yorke, L'pool, 1872  
   

This portrait of ST. ANDREW in two positions, with its inscription, commemorates a fast passage of 20 days from Quebec to Liverpool- when the newly launched bark was on its delivery passage from Canada to its new home port at Liverpool.

The central image depicts the single-decked bark's windward profile as the vessel makes to weather. Jibs and staysails are full and all squares braced hard on starboard tack except for the royals, which are drawn up loosely in their clewlines. The starboard clew on the main course has been slacked and the sail is luffing. Full on the mizzen are the spanker/driver and mizzen gaff-topsail.

The castellated tower of the lighthouse at Point Lynas, located on Anglesey's eastern most promontory, is shown off ST. ANDREW's bow, locating the ship heading Northward in the Irish Channel bound for Liverpool. A detail showing a flock of seabirds is visible in the distance just below the vessel's dolphin striker.

The ship wears the British ensign at the mizzen gaff peak with a triangular, vertically striped red and white Commercial Code answering pennant beneath it. The four flag hoist at the mizzen topmast correctly displays the ship's commercial code signal which is read 'K,W,D,F', coinciding with her official designation Number 64577. The white house flag of Hall and Fairweather bearing the red monogram 'H&F' is at the cap of the main topmast and the British Pilot Jack flies from the fore-topmast, requesting a pilot.

An unidentified cutter of the Mersey Pilotage Service, flying a red and white 'in service' pennant, is converging on ST. ANDREW's course to put a pilot on board. This vessel is likely to be either #4-AUSPICIOUS or #11-MERSEY, both of which ... Read More


Inscribed: "Bark St. Andrew, St. John N.B, Off Pt.Lynas, Aug. 31, 1872, 20 days from Quebec"
Provenance, Richard Kelton Collection, Private Maine Collection