Coastal Trader JOHN BROGDEN off North Shields
SCOTT, John (1802 - 1882)
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 610 x 919 mm
Acquired: 2001; Purchase
Accession Number: 2001.22
The iron screw steamer JOHN BROGDEN was built by Charles Mitchell at Newcastle for Alex Brogden & Co., Swansea in 1866. Registered at 719 tons gross (547 net), she measured 199½ feet in length with a 27½ foot beam and was powered by a compound inverted 2-cylinder 95hp engine by J.&W. Dudgeon of London.
Sold in 1874 to J. Brogden & Son, Swansea & in 1879 to J.J. Wallace, Swansea.
Although Lloyd's Registers note her home port as Swansea, she was originally intended for the coastal trade operating out of Newcastle even though her destination was soon changed to the Mediterranean out of London.
John Scott has painted her off Newcastle in 1866, probably on her maiden voyage, and since none of his known works bear a later date than this, it may be assumed that this was one of the artist's final ship portraits.