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Sailor's Woolwork Woolie of The Named Ship


Sailor's Woolwork Woolie of The Named Ship "City of Paris",

Signed by the Maker T. Maxted,

Circa 1890.


The charming woolie depicts a starboard view of the City of Paris ship sailing on a chequerboard sea with steam from the three large funnels made with French knots and with sails hoisted.  The City of Paris held the Blue Riband as the fastest ship on the north Atlantic route from 1889 to 1891 and again from 1892 to 1893. (City of Paris was launched seven months after City of New York and began her maiden voyage on 3 April 1889. A month later, she won the Blue Riband with an average speed of 19.95 knots on the first westbound voyage under six days).


The maker T. Maxted has signed the wool to the lower left in pink red thread "BY/ T. MAXTED."


Dimensions: 14 inches x 20 inches x 1 inch deep.


Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_City_of_Paris_(1888)


City of Paris, was a British-built passenger liner of the Inman Line that held the Blue Riband as the fastest ship on the north Atlantic route from 1889 to 1891 and again from 1892 to 1893. A sister ship of the City of New York and a rival of the White Star Line Teutonic and Majestic, she proved to be the quickest of the pre-Campania twin-screw express liners.


In 1893, she was renamed Paris and transferred to US registry when the Inman Line was merged into the American Line. She and her sister were paired with the new American built St Louis and St Paul to form one of the premier Atlantic services: known as the "big four".


Paris served the US Navy as the auxiliary cruiser Yale during the Spanish American War and is remembered for slipping into the harbor at San Juan, Puerto Rico under the Spanish guns of Morro Castle.


After Paris returned to commercial service, she was seriously damaged in 1899 when she grounded on The Manacles off the British coast. Rebuilt and renamed Philadelphia, she sailed for the American Line until requisitioned again during World War I as the transport Harrisburg. After the war, she continued with the American Line until 1920 and was scrapped in 1923.







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