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Jacobsen’s Quinnebaug

June 2024
1min read

Everyone in love with the ocean and America’s marine heritage had to be delighted with your special section. For me there were two extra pleasures. First, I had purchased an Antonio Jacobsen painting about a year ago. So “A Painter of Floating Property” told me more about him than I had known before.

Then turning to “The Great North Sea Mine Barrage,” I was amazed to find that my painting (done in 1912) of the Old Dominion Line’s S.S. Jefferson was the same ship that became the Navy’s Quinnebaug , Admiral Mannix’s ship in the story.

I understand that the Jefferson was built in Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1889, so it’s easy to realize why she was tired in 1917. I’m also aware that Jacobsen often did several paintings of the same ship (one for the owner, one for the captain, etc.), and there were two for sale when I bought mine. I’m looking for a discreet way to display A MERICAN H ERITAGE beneath the painting with the two stories paper-clipped together.

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