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Lot 3106: Fred Pansing (American, 1844-1912) The Fall River Line dayliner Priscilla 17 x 36 in. (43.1 x 91.4 cm.)
Important Maritime Paintings and Decorative Arts
January 26, 2011
New York, NY, USA
The Fall River Line dayliner Priscilla
signed lower left: "Fred Pansing"
watercolor on artist's board heightened with gouache and pastel
17 x 36 in. (43.1 x 91.4 cm.)
The Old Colony steamboat Priscilla, the latest addition to the Sound fleet was brought into service in 1894. The 426 ft. Priscilla was the largest side wheeler (with water wheels and feathering buckets, double-inclined compount engine, 95-inch cylinders and 11 ft. stoke), with Captain A.G. Simmons in command a veteran of the coastal service. The Priscilla carried 1500 passengers and was often booked to capacity with prompt service between New York, Newport, Fall River and Boston. She was fitted with the finest equipment and fine cuisine that would satisfy her prosperous clientele; she would become one of the matriarchs of the Fall River Line, she was broken up in 1937.
Collection of Arthur H. Fletcher of the W.A. Fletcher Company Hoboken, NJ
Jesse L. Fletcher,
and thence to the Steamship Historical Society of America.