Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

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Monday, 26 January 2009

Victorian arrivals at Margate - the husbands boat

Two Victorian drawings of arrivals at Margate by paddle steamer, the top drawing is the entrance to the 1824 Jarvis Jetty or landing stage by a unknown artist. In the background the original Fort Point can be seen, as mentioned in other postings this was a popular location for artists to draw and paint the Jetty, Harbour and sunsets.

The other drawing is of the arrival of the husbands boat by W.McConnell taken from the illustrated times September 6th 1856. It was a Victorian custom for the wife and children to proceed with their holiday midweek while the husband worked in business to join the family at the weekend. A steamer was laid on specifically for the husbands after business, bound for Margate, it was known by the wives as the husbands boat. As the drawing illustrates the families would line the Jetty waiting for the arrival of the husbands boat. Below is a press cutting from the Illustrated times which does give some background to the husbands boat drawing. Please feel free to download , reproduce or whatever with these drawings and info.

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