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Lot 179

Earl E. Collins O/C Marine Painting, Charles W. Morgan

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

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Earl Edward Collins (Connecticut/New York, 1925-1992) oil on canvas maritime painting "Charles W. Morgan" depicting the whaling ship named for owner Charles Waln Morgan (1796-1861), anchored at sea with an American flag, and several male figures boarding a small boat to pursue a whale visible in the water to the left. Titled and signed "Earl Collins" lower right. Housed in a wooden frame with off white liner and wooden fillet. Sight: 19 3/4" H x 23 1/2" W. Framed: 27 3/4" H x 31 3/4" W. Note: "The Charles W. Morgan is the last of an American whaling fleet that numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is now America's oldest commercial ship still afloat--only the USS Constitution is older. The Morgan was launched on July 21, 1841, from the yard of Jethro and Zachariah Hillman in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Over an 80-year whaling career, the Morgan embarked on 37 voyages with most lasting three years or more. Built for durability, not speed, it roamed every corner of the globe in pursuit of whales. The Morgan is known as a "lucky ship," having successfully navigated crushing Arctic ice, countless storms, Cape Horn roundings and, after finishing its whaling career, even the Hurricane of 1938. After its whaling days ended in 1921, the Morgan was preserved by Whaling Enshrined, Inc. and exhibited at Edward H.R. Green's estate at Round Hill in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, until 1941. In November of that year, the Morgan came to Mystic Seaport Museum where it has since dominated the waterfront at Chubb's Wharf." (source: "Charles W. Morgan" Mystic Seasport Museum, 2021:


Overall very good condition with faint stretcher marks, visible right side. Few minor areas of scuffs, top left, minor staining, largest 1/8", top center and center right.