Needlework and watercolor-
Overall: 18 x 26 in. ( 45.7 x 66 cm )
engraved: bottom center: "THE VIKING / BUILT BY JOHN ROACH / SOLD 1884 TO HON. SAMUEL JONES TILDEN / GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK / Purchased by United States Government / Used as Dispatch Boat during The Cuban-Spanish War."
Needlework picture of the steam yacht "Viking" with velvet appliqué and painted background.
The Viking was built by John Roach (1813-1887), who came to the United States around 1829 from Ireland and prospered here as a foundryman and engine builder. He was instrumental in developing the iron shipbuilding industry. He sold the Viking in 1884 to ex-Governor Samuel J. Tilden, and it was later purchased by the U.S. government for use as a dispatch boat during the Spanish-American War.
Gift of Emma A. F. Smith
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