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View of James Town and the harbour, Saint Helena taken from the Harbour Master's Office during the Rollers of the 17th February 1846, on which day Thirteen vessels (mostly captured) were wrecked by this extraordinary phenomenon, and public as well as private property to the amount of #10, 000 destroyed... (with key to vessels)

PAI0414

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Object ID PAI0414
Description A coloured lithograph of Jamestown and a stormy ocean. The picture has the inscription: ‘Taken from the Harbour Master’s Office during the rollers of the 17th February 1846, on which day thirteen vessels (mostly captured slavers) were destroyed by the extraordinary phenomenon, and public as well as private property to the amount of £10,000 destroyed. It was also remarkable that the agitation of the water was confined to about 500 yards from the shore, beyond which distance the sea was perfectly calm, there being at the time scarcely any wind’. A key names a number of vessels including the slave ships 'Descobrador', 'St Domingos', 'Aquilla', 'Eufrazia', 'Esperanza' and the 'Quatre-de-Marco', which was captured with 540 slaves on board. The destructive phenomenon was presumably a tsunami.
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Artist/Maker Day & Son
Picken, Thomas
Stack, Frederick Rice
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials lithograph, coloured
Measurements Sheet: 515 x 715 mm; Mount: 30 in x 22 5/8 in
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  • View of James Town and the harbour, Saint Helena taken from the Harbour Master's Office during the Rollers of the 17th February 1846, on which day Thirteen vessels (mostly captured) were wrecked by this extraordinary phenomenon, and public as well as private property to the amount of #10, 000 destroyed... (with key to vessels) (PAI0414)
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