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Star of a mar­itime auc­tion at Adam Par­tridge’s Liver­pool rooms was this stir­ring oil on can­vas ti­tled ‘Caernar­von Bay, W. Grif­fith. Com­man­der’, the three­masted ves­sel in choppy seas, signed and dated 1897 by its au­thor Wil­liam Howard Yorke (1847-1921). The Caernar­von

Bay was built in Glas­gow in 1894 by A Rodgers & Co and regis­tered in Liver­pool. On Septem­ber 5, 1910, Cap­tain Wil­liam Grif­fith was head­ing from Liver­pool to Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. with 4,000 tons of cargo when she was blown off course and struck Stan­ley Rock off King Is­land, Tas­ma­nia. She sank with 31 crew and one pas­sen­ger, all sur­viv­ing in two small boats. The ves­sel was lost.

The mark of a good mar­itime artist is one who can paint a ship sit­ting in water rather than ap­pear­ing to float on it. Yorke, a Liver­pool ship por­traitist, was among the best, his seas and skies also be­ing par­tic­u­larly ac­com­plished. The paint­ing sold for £1,300.

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