1 Fine 20th Century Seascape Oil Painting "SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse" Ship.
Oil on board.
Subject seascape view of the German ship SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse with a further sailing ship No 3 Pilots in the foreground, with a lighthouse & seagulls in the background.
Signed by the artist B Draper.
Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (Ger. orth. Kaiser Wilhelm der Große) was a German transatlantic ocean liner named after Wilhelm I, German Emperor, the first monarch of the German Empire.
The liner was constructed in Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland) for the North German Lloyd (NDL), and entered service in 1897. It was the first liner to have four funnels and is considered to be the first "superliner." The first of four sister ships built between 1903 and 1907 by NDL (the others being SS Kronprinz Wilhelm, SS Kaiser Wilhelm II and SS Kronprinzessin Cecilie), she marked the beginning of a change in the way maritime supremacy was demonstrated in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century.
The ship began a new era in ocean travel and the novelty of having four funnels was quickly associated with size, strength, speed and above all luxury. Quickly established on the Atlantic, she gained the Blue Riband for Germany, a notable prize for the fastest trip from Europe to America which had been previously dominated by the British.
Converted into an auxiliary cruiser at the outbreak of World War I, she was given orders to capture and destroy enemy ships. She destroyed several before being defeated in the Battle of Río de Oro by the British cruiser HMS Highflyer and scuttled by her crew, just three weeks after the outbreak of war. Her wreck was discovered in 1952 and dismantled.Set in a beautiful gilt fibreglass frame.
Circa late 20th century.
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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame approximate
High 22.44" (57cm)
Wide 26.37" (67cm)
Depth 1.27" (3.25)
Seascape Oil Painting "SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse" Ship Signed B Draper