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Catalog Number 2014.010.002
Description 2014 Wreck of Rydal Hall by Fred Sinclair, Jr. Unframed 4x4 foot acrylic and oil on canvas painting depicting the shipwreck of the Rydal Hall at Fisherman's Creek, between Pigeon Point and Point Montara. Scene depicts a ship that has just crashed against some rocks. There is severe damage to the hull at the front of the ship. Figures are onboard, pulling on the rigging and holding onto railing. There is a dinghy in the foreground, on the left, crashing against rocks with severe damage on the right side. Ship is in full sail, but all the sails are fluttering in the wind. There are cliffs depicted in the background, on the right. Waves are crashing over the deck, at center. An anchor is hanging from the bow. Waves are crashing on the rocks in the foreground. The sky has an orange tint, as if at early evening.

Object Name Painting
Collection 3D - Art
Title 2014 Wreck of Rydal Hall by Fred Sinclair, Jr.
Date March 2014
Creator Sinclair Jr., Fred
Role Artist
Inscription Text None
Provenance Painted by Fred Sinclair, Jr. in preparation of SMCHM's 2014 Ships of the World gallery rennovation.
Notes The Rydal Hall was transporting coal from Wales to San Francisco. On the evening of October 17, 1876, the fog was thick. The captain did not hear the fog whistle at Point Montara. The Rydal Hall crashed onto the rocks at Frenchman’s Reef, between Pillar Point and Point Montara. Seven sailors were lost at sea.
Dimensions H-48 W-48 D-1.5 inches
Dimension Details overall (image is unframed)
Medium Acrylic Paint/Oil Paint
Search Terms Sinclair Jr., Fred
Rydal Hall (Ship)
Fisherman's Creek
Pigeon Point
Point Montara
Shipwrecks "Rydal Hall"
Subjects Acrylic paintings
Oil paintings
People Sinclair Jr., Fred