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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

TBT, County of Edinburgh Stranding

 

Point Pleasant Beach is a few miles south along the New Jersey shore from our office, which is where, on February 12, 1900, the County of Edinburgh ran aground.

 

The vessel had very little damage, but then, as now, the stranding quickly became a tourist attraction.

 

Merritt-Chapman refloated her on February 25, 1900 and she was repaired and on her way to Shanghai on April 13, 1900.

 

Antonio Jacobsen, the famous New York marine painter must have made a trip out to the wreck and eventually produced this painting of the scene (1902).

 

The work is considered to be a master piece by this artist and has been owned by the Monmouth County Historical Society since 1981.

 

It is presently on display together with some other fine marine paintings. 

 

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