[Unidentified ship, previously thought to be the 'Coonatto']
[London, William Foster, 15th July 1863.]
Tinted lithograph with hand colour, proof before letters. Image 405 x 595mm, 16 x 23¼".
The Coonatto, a three-masted ship of 633 tons, built in London by Thomas Bilbé in 1863. Used as an Australian wool clipper, the name is an Aboriginal word for a food-bearing tree. In 1876 the Coonatto ran aground on rocks under the Seven Sisters in Sussex, where some of her iron remains can still be seen at low tide. Her captain, Captain Hillman, had his certificate suspended for three months for negligence, although there was speculation he wrecked the Coonatto for insurance money. However as his next ship, the 'Inch Kenneth' foundered the following year, killing Hillman, it would seem he was just inept.
[Ref: 17774] £1,350.00