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American/Continental School, 19th Century Brig Perseverance /Amasa Delano [Master].

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American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2585B
Date / Time :
March 04, 2012 11:00AM


American/Continental School, 19th Century

Brig Perseverance/Amasa Delano [Master]. Unsigned, vessel identified on pennant, vessel and master's name inscribed below. Gouache on paperboard, 18 x 22 in., in a period molded wood frame. Condition: Light moisture stains, scattered foxing.

Note: According to their biography in Captains Amasa Delano and Samuel Delano, Jr., in the collection at the Drew Archival Library, Duxbury, Massachusetts, "Captain Amasa Delano (1763-1823) was a master mariner, shipbuilder and author. He was born in Duxbury, Massachusetts to shipbuilder Samuel Delano, Sr. and Abigail Drew. During the American Revolution, Amasa, despite his young age, served in the militia under General Heath. In 1790 Amasa embarked on the first of his three circumnavigations of the globe. In 1799 Amasa began his second voyage to the South Seas by way of Cape Horn in the Perseverance, a ship built by the Delano brothers. The object of this voyage was the acquisition of seals skins off the coast of Australia for trade with China. The Perseverance also spent time in the Hawaiian Islands (1801-1802) before heading to China. Once trading was complete Amasa departed Canton in April, 1802 and arrived in Boston on November 1. Shortly after this voyage, in 1803, Amasa married the widow Hannah Appleton (d. 1823) in Providence, RI.
Amasa Delano's final voyage to the South Seas began in 1803, again in the Perseverance, followed by Samuel Delano, Jr. in the Pilgrim. Another brother, William Delano, went along as first mate on the Perseverance. It was on this voyage that Amasa encountered and captured the Spanish ship Tryal. This episode later became well known through Herman Melville's fictionalized account in 'Benito Cereno'. This trip also led Amasa Delano to the Galapagos, the Hawaiian Islands and Macau. He returned home on July 27, 1808."
Estimate $3,000-5,000


Amasa Delano, Samuel Delano , Jr., South Seas, Duxbury, Massachusetts, American/Continental School, Drew Archival Library, Samuel Delano , Sr., Abigail Drew, China, Australia, Hannah Appleton, Rhode Island, William Delano, Herman Melville, Macau, Duxbury, Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Massachusetts