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Can you be the an engaging art detective, a la Sam Spade? For kids? For a museum audio guide? Read below, and try it out.
Boston area only. Recording to be done at a local TV studio.
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United States, Massachusetts,
So let's look at this painting, detective-style, with some of my favorite investigative tools: questions. So, first question, WHERE are we?
Easy: the title gives it away:
this is Boston Harbor.
The WHEN is 1848: that was only 75 years after the colonists dumped British tea in the same Boston Harbor and started the fight for Independence.
So has this British ship come to scoop it all back up to make a giant cup of tea?
I know you're supposed to let tea sit for a little while to let the flavor out, but I'm guessing 75 years is too long for that. Not my area: I'm more of a coffee guy.
But we have yet to answer the WHY question.
Well, even though this country was independent by now, there were still strong ties with Britain. Boston is about as close to England as you can get in the United States and still keep your feet dry.
And Boston was the port where much of the mail and trade with the Brits came in and went out. And it did soon ships like this. Don't forget, Kid, that this was before email and airplanes so sending stuff that far usually meant sending it by ship.
And what a ship. Yes-sir, the WHAT is pretty cool. See that smokestack and those giant paddles on the sides of the ship? This is steam-power in action! The ship could handle over two hundred tons of cargo and carry over one hundred human passengers. Why do I say human? Because they also had chickens and even a cow to provide milk for women, children and the sick on long journeys at sea.
They'd use 38 tons --that’s 76,000 pounds-- of coal every day to power that puppy, and they had a top speed of about 10 miles an hour. That's quicker than sailing ships and it was more likely to arrive on time.
A painting like this was like a press photograph to record the big day: it was quite an event to have such a fancy ship arrive in the Harbor and you can see the little boats coming out to meet it. Mr. Lane probably painted the ship from sketches: even at 10 miles an hour it's moving too quickly to paint something like that!
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