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Date: late 19th century

Media: watercolour over pen and ink on paper

Size: 650 x 982

Acquired: 1992; Purchase

Accession Number: 1992.149

The barque Delta was built at Hill’s Drydock, Cardiff in 1865 for Henry Bath & Co., Swansea, one of the ‘Swansea copper ore barques’ that carried copper ore from Chile to Swansea, around Cape Horn. These vessels were admired across the world, and praised by no less authority than Joseph Conrad. The Delta was eventually scrapped at Bilbao in 1934.


vicente sanahuja
25 October 2013, 19:59
Dear Sir.
This ships, was later the RIO DELTA, then the CARMENCHU (new steam engine in 1918) then FREIXAS 2 (I have a photo that can send to you) and the BILBAINO. Scrapped in Bilbao in 1932/1934.
I want to have, if possible, a photo of this watercoulou in high resolution. It is possible to purchaser or receive it?
It is to complete an article in
If you are interested I can summit the photo of FREIXAS II
Amgueddfa Cymru
22 December 2011, 12:27
Many thanks for your comment Janet, a very interesting story.
Janet Howell
20 December 2011, 18:22
My late husband's grandfather ran away to sea as a young boy , and was " adopted" by a Breton fishing crew and sent to the French Naval training school at Brest. He became in time a Master Mariner , and the barque Delta was the first ship he captained . He went around Cape Horn many times, was ship wrecked twice , once off the Falkland Islands

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