Reconstruction of the Ancient Port of Rome

Image credit: Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council

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In 1895, in the Providence Channel of the Bahamas, Captain George Walker of the steamship 'Ardanhu' took in tow the Spanish steamer 'Cataluna' which had lost its rudder while carrying Spanish troops to Cuba. This painting was presented to Captain Walker by the Spanish government for his part in saving the 'Cataluna' and those on board. Walker was born in Ulverston, made his first voyage in a canal boat at the age of 14 and then joined the merchant navy, in which he rose to Master and commanded ships for James Fisher (Barrow), Clarke and Co. (Glasgow), the Atlas Co. (New York) and the Little Steam Navigation Company. His family lived at Clyde Villa, Fairfield Lane, Barrow, where he died aged 57 in 1904. One of his daughters, Mrs Edith Ann Ward, became a local councillor and Justice of the Peace, and the painting was given to Barrow town hall by her descendants.

Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall



Reconstruction of the Ancient Port of Rome


late 19th C


oil on canvas


H 40 x W 79.5 cm

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