"Mayflower leaves Nantucket, 1904."

It is early in the morning, just prior to sunrise, with the full moon casting a wonderful glow on Nantucket town and harbour. The large schooner "Mayflower" is making her way out of the harbour and around Brandt Point lighthouse.

In the foreground a small sailing dory heads into the harbour. The speed of the "Mayflower", in the favourable breeze, will ensure she crosses ahead of the dory. The paddlewheel steamer "Nantucket" can be seen moored along the end of Steamboat Wharf. Coastal trading schooners and local catboats are anchored off the town. The tide has started to ebb around Brandt Point causing swirls on the water and around the lighthouse.

The "Mayflower", designed by Edward Burgess and launched in 1886, successfully defended the America's Cup in 1886 against the British challenger "Galatea". "Mayflower" was launched as a cutter and later changed to schooner rig, as shown in the painting. She was owned by W.A.Gardner, of Boston, from 1890 to 1904 and sailed under the flag of the Eastern Yacht Club of Marblehead.
Dimensions36" x 48"
MediaOil on canvas


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