Jacobsen Painting of the St. Paul


Oil on board ship portrait of the Steamer St Paul attributed to Antonio Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) Painting measures 29 1/2" X 11 1/2" inside frame. Artist worked and lived in Manhattan and West Hoboken, USA. Born in Denmark, he was trained at the academy in Kobenhavn and emigrated to the US in 1873. His central profile view ship portraits of merchant sailing vessels, steamers, side wheelers, tug boats and yachts were much in demand.

Built by William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilders, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1895. 11,629 gross tons; 554 (bp) feet long; 63 feet wide. Steam quadruple expansion engines, twin screw. Service speed 19 knots. 1,370 passengers (350 first class, 220 second class, 800 third class). Two funnels, two masts, first USA built screw express steamer. Built for American Line, in 1895 and named St Paul. Southampton-New York service. Used by US Navy as auxiliary cruiser in Spanish-American War of 1898. Transferred to United States Navy, American flag, in 1918 and renamed USS Knoxville. Armed transport service. Capsized while completing refit in April 1918. Laid-up 1918-20. Returned to American Line, in 1920 and renamed St. Paul. Further trans-Atlantic service. Scrapped in Germany in 1923.