The Ocean-Going Tug "May McWilliams"

  • Antonio Jacobsen, The Ocean-Going Tug "May McWilliams", ca. 1895, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1966.83

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Antonio Jacobsen spent his free time at New York’s harbor and along the Hudson River, painting pictures of vessels as small as tugboats and as large as transatlantic liners. A close look at this painting of the tugboat May McWilliams shows the captain in the top cabin at the front of the vessel and a single passenger at the rear. Harbor captains used tugboats as early as the 1700s to escort larger ships through narrow or complicated passages.

Title
The Ocean-Going Tug "May McWilliams"
Artist
Date
ca. 1895
On View
Dimensions
22 1/8 x 36 1/8 in. (56.2 x 91.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – boat – May McWilliams
  • Travel – water – tugboat
  • Waterscape – sea
Object Number
1966.83
Palette
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