The Frankfield

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The leading member of a family of Liverpool marine painters, Sam Walters worked in the city for over fifty years carrying out commissions from shipowners for portraits of their vessels. The 750-ton Frankfield was built in New Brunswick in 1840 for Wilson and Co. of Liverpool and worked their Liverpool to Sydney passage until 1847 when she was wrecked off the Welsh coast. In this view she is seen hove to in the Mersey awaiting departure; last-minute passengers are being ferried aboard. Behind her stern, another Wilson ship, the Brutus, built at Cork in 1831, is visible.