19Th Century Maritime Wool-work Ship Picture.
An extremely rare, possibly unique early 20th century English sailor made, maple framed, ship’s Woolwork picture of the five masted, six sailed to each mast, steel hulled commercial windjammer “Preussen” (Prussia) tall ship.Built in 1902, disastrously broken up eight years later due to her no fault collision in the English Channel with a small cross channel steamer “Brighton”, whose irresponsible captain said “A sail boat can’t go so fast”. Eventually sinking at Crab Bay, Dover where a few of her remains can still be seen at low tide.In her time, Prussia was known as “Queen of the Queen’s of the Seas” and broke many sea speed records.
She is shown here in her full glory with six fully padded sails to each of her five masts, German ensign flying from the rear, calm sea and sky. She fully takes up the entire image completing this folk-art masterpiece.