A 150-YEAR-OLD oil painting of an ill-fated Sunderland-built ship could make up to £7,000 at auction next month.
The three-masted cargo barque Susan Pardew – possibly named after an ancestor of Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew – was built at Hardie’s Yard in Sunderland.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of her launch in 1863.
But just nine years after she left Wearside, Susan Pardew was wrecked in Mossel Bay, near the estuary of the Great Brak River in South Africa, on April 28,1872.
Fortunately, no lives were lost and all aboard got safely ashore.
Susan Pardew – after whom the ship was named – is a mystery.
Family tree experts have yet to establish whether there is a link between her and Toon boss Alan Pardew.
Interestingly, there is a Susan Pardew Guest House at Mossel Bay, close to where the Sunderland ship was wrecked.
The painting of the Susan Pardew is by renowned Liverpool-based Victorian marine artist Samuel Walters (1811-1882).
It is expected to sell for between £5,000 and £7,000 at Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London, on October 2.
According to Bonhams: “The portrait of Susan Pardew was probably commissioned to commemorate an incident during her maiden voyage.”