About this object

This artwork depicts a famous incident on 8 February 1881. Bad weather made it too dangerous to transfer pilots by punt to ships, and so No.2 pilot boat, the aptly named 'Leader', signalled ‘follow me’ and led a fleet of ships safely into port. They can be seen here crossing the Mersey Bar and passing the red Q1 buoy marking the entrance to the Queens Channel. The pilot boat 'Pride of Liverpool' guided ships into port in similar circumstances in 1866.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Follow the Leader
  • Accession no.
    1982.328
  • Type
    Painting
  • Artist/Maker
    Joseph Witham
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1896
  • Materials
    Oil on canvas
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Measurements
    frame: 520 x 875 x 54
  • Related people
    Thomas Harvey and Sons (Builder (vessel)); W Hudson and others (Owner (vessel)); Joseph Witham (Artist/maker)
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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