9: ENGLISH SCHOOL, 20TH CENTURY The barque ‘Lawhill’ sa
ENGLISH SCHOOL, 20TH CENTURY
The barque ‘Lawhill’ sailing under reduced sail in a turbulent sea
Oil on board
18 x 24in. (45.7 x 61cm.)
Built by the famous firm of W.B. Thompson, this near-3,000 ton steel barque was launched in 1892 and enjoyed a long career as one of the last great windjammers able to compete against the onset of steam. Over the years she changed hands a number of times, and when being advertised in 1899 was stated to have capacity for 4,474 tons coal, 22,888 bales of jute, and 118,500 cases of oil. In 1932 she sank the Polish steamer Niemen in a collision in Skagerrak but was cleared of all guilt. In 1942 she was confiscated by the South African government and thereafter traded from East London. She was finally sold for breaking in 1959.