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  • Antique Framed Etching of 1891 Shipwreck of The "Utopia" found in France

  • $375.00

  • This is an antique, framed pencil drawing depicting the SS Utopia which was a transatlantic passenger steamship that was built in Glasgow in 1874. Beginning in 1882, the ship was used to carry Italian immigrants to the United States. This poignant drawing depicts the the fateful evening of March 17 1891 where the Utopia accidentally collided with the moored battleship HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibralter. Utopia sank in less than 20 minutes with 562 of her 880 passengers and crew of Utopia and two rescuers from the HMS Immortalité perished in the accident. The sinking of Utopia was blamed on a “grave error of judgement” of her captain John McKeague, who survived the accident and who was later arrested. Anson, the Swedish corvette Freja, and other nearby ships immediately sent rescue teams to the site, but rough weather and a strong current made it difficult for them to approach the wreck: "rescuers, blinded by the wind and rain, saw nothing but a confused, struggling mass of human beings entangled with wreckage”.

    This drawing is attributed to a crew member of the Swedish ship Freja, Lieutenant George Bargman with the drawing and accompanying description in Swedish.


    Measures 17"W x 14.75"H. See images for full details.

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