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Object Name Painting
Artist Merz
Date 1893
Title [Fireboat "The New Yorker"]
Description Watercolor painting on paper, framed with an inscribed mat for presentation. Ship portrait of the fireboat "The New Yorker," by artist Ph. Merz. The painting depicts a steamboat in New York Bay with the Statue of Liberty and a second boat in the background. The ship flies two flags, a United States flag and a blue flag with Maltese cross symbols in red. Waves with whitecaps occupy the foreground. Painting is signed at lower right: "Ph. Merz deg. / 1893. N. York." The mat is decorated with a hand-drawn eagle and shield with ribbon and inscribed: "NEW-YORK / DECB: 11. 1893. / THE FIREBOAT / "THE NEW-YORKER" / PRESENTED TO / WASHINGTON ENGINE COMP: / NO. 1 / BY / WILLIAM C. BRAISTED. " Overall dimensions 21.5 inches high x 27.25 inches wide (including frame).
(Keywords: Firefighter, Ship, Firefighting Equipment, NSFD, FDNY)
Ownership and History Washington Engine Co. No. 1, part of Staten Island's North Shore Fire Department, was organized in 1853 and disbanded in 1905. The New Yorker was in service as a New York City fireboat from 1891 until 1931. Its station was at the Battery near Castle Garden, in Manhattan.
Earliest Date 1893
Latest Date 1893
Subjects Fire fighting
Marine paintings
Fire fighters
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Catalog Number X98.1199
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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