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JOSEPH CONRAD is an iron-hulled sailing ship, originally launched as GEORG STAGE  in 1882. Australian sailor and author Alan Villiers saved GEORGE STAGE  from the scrappers and renamed the ship in honor of famed sea author Joseph Conrad. Villiers planned a circumnavigation with a crew of mostly boys. JOSEPH CONRAD sailed from Ipswich on 22 October 1934, crossed the Atlantic Ocean to New York City, then down to Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, and across the Indian Ocean and through the East Indies. After stops in Sydney, New Zealand, and Tahiti, JOSEPH CONRAD rounded Cape Horn and returned to New York on 16 October 1936, having traveled a total of some 57,000 miles (92,000 km).

Villiers was bankrupted as a result of the expedition (although he did get three books out of the episode - Cruise of the Conrad, Stormalong, and Joey Goes to Sea), and sold the ship to Huntington Hartford, heir to the A&P supermarket fortune, who added an engine and used her as a yacht.

In 1939 Hartford donated JOSEPH CONRAD to the United States Coast Guard for use as a training ship for the merchant marine based in Jacksonville, Florida. She participated in a training cruise through the Caribbean beginning in December, 1939 and sailed in the St. Petersburg to Havana Yacht Race in early 1941, a few months before the United States entered World War II. The Coast Guard turned the vessel over to the Maritime Administration when the merchant marine training functions of the Coast Guard were transferred to the newly created War Shipping Administration on September 1, 1942. JOSEPH CONRAD continued to serve as a training ship until the war's end in 1945. 

After being laid up for two years, the ship was transferred to Mystic Seaport in Stonington, Connecticut in 1947 where she has remained ever since as a floating exhibit. In addition to her role as a museum, she is also a static training vessel and is employed by Mystic Seaport to house campers attending the Joseph Conrad Sailing Camp. (Wikipedia).

John Charles Allcot , OBE, FRSA. (1888-1976) was Australia's premier marine artist. He went to sea after training as a lithographer and eventually settled in Sydney and became a professional artist. Allcot had Oswald Brett (b.1921) as his apprentice from the age of thirteen. Brett became an important marine artist in his own right. He migrated to New York in 1942 and is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists. Both Allcot and Brett would have been familiar with the JOSEPH CONRAD when she visited Sydney with Villiers in 1936.

Sea and sky by John Allcott. Ship by Oswald Brett.

Provenance. John Allcot studio sale; Russell Nugent Collection.


Image size. 260 mm x 370 mm. (10 3/8 x 14 5/8 inches).





    SKU: PTW0000120
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