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.
The Ocean-Going Tug "May McWilliams"
- ca. 1895
22 1/8 x 36 1/8 in. (56.2 x 91.6 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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- oil on canvas
- Architecture – boat – May McWilliams
- Waterscape – sea
- Travel – water – tugboat
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