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"Antelope" (Brig)

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The brig "Antelope," 370 tons, was built at East Boston by Samuel Hall in 1843 for Russell and Co. of Boston. She was used in the opium trade with China. She was very fast, enabling owners to have extensive control over the opium trade. This painting, made by Lane in 1863, twenty years after "Antelope's" launch, is apparently based on an earlier, contemporary painting. (1) The "Antelope" was built under his supervision for Russell & Co., in which he was then a partner. (2) 

Another ship with the same name, a propeller steamer Steam demi bark Antelope, 615 tons, c.1855 (inv. 449), was built in 1855, also for Russell & Co., for then-opening trade with Japan.

– Erik Ronnberg

References:

1. Some Ships of the Clipper Ship Era (Boston: State Street Trust Co., 1913), 12.

2. R.B. Forbes, Personal Reminiscences (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 3rd. ed., rev. 1892), 211, 383, also "list of vessels and business partners."

Related tables: Brig »  //  Dumaresq, Philip »  //  Forbes, Robert Bennet »

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publication
Biography in "Other Merchants and Sea Captains of Old Boston"
1919
Book
Other Merchants and Sea Captains of Old Boston, Boston: State Street Trust Company
private collection
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publication
List of ships owned by R. B. Forbes
Robert Bennet Forbes
1876
Table within book

From R. B. Forbes, Personal Reminiscences (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., first published 1876).

artwork
The "Antelope", Russell & Co. Clipper Ship in Boston Harbor c. 1843
c. 1843
Watercolor
Forbes House Museum, Milton, Mass.

 

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