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artist unknown


Date: 1910s

Media: oil on board

Size: 190 x 325 mm

Acquired: 1981; Gift

Accession Number: 81.39I/1

This picture was painted sometime between 1916 and 1918 when the Normandier was owned by Brys & Gylsen of London. Originally, however, she had been built in 1902 by Richardson, Duck & Co. of Stockton-on-Tees as Northam for W.J. Tatem of Cardiff. Having changed hands many times, she was eventually broken up in Italy in 1931.


12 July 2018, 01:37
Tredree's book contains the ultimate "tastes like chicken" story.
Jennifer Protheroe-Jones Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
22 September 2017, 10:44

Thank you for your enquiry. This is indeed the same vessel as featured in Treedee’s book. Lloyd’s Register of Shipping lists only one vessel of this name around this time. At the time of the voyage described in the book, ownership had changed from Brys & Gylsen Ltd of London who owned it when the painting was done, to Lloyd Royal Belge (Great Britain) Ltd of London, a company that owned two dozen similar vessels. The Normandier traded into Cardiff at times during this period as some of its periodic surveys were done at that port.

Jennifer Protheroe-Jones
Principal Curator – Industry

12 September 2017, 21:59
Is this the same vessel HL Treedee writes about in his book: "The Strange Ordeal of the Normandier"
The time seems to match. A good read either way.
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