The Montauk unsigned Chinese School. Circa 1845. Water color on paper. The Montauk is shown entering Hong Kong roads and preparing to moor. She flies the US ensign. There is a Chinese vessel off the Montauk's stern. The counting houses and mountains at Hong Kong form the background.
Penciled annotations along the bottom of the picture read "Hong Kong" "The Ship Montauk" "Owned by Wm. Wetmore"/"With his Uncle Samuel Wetmore"/"... ......." Ex. Coll. The Dietrich Collections. Philadelphia, PA. The picture is archivally mounted. 10 1/2 inches high X 13 3/4 inches wide sight size and recently mounted in a custom-made hand carved gilded frame.
The Montauk had a distinguished career but met an ignominious end. In 1860 a Spanish Naval ship escorted her into Havanna Harbor with over a 1000 slaves on board, the slaves were sent into the interior of Cuba. The Officers and crew were detained and the ship was condemned. Wetmore retired to Newport, RI and built one of the first "Cottages" on Bellevue Avenue. Now open to the public "Chateau Sur Mer" holds a large collection of Chinese furniture and decorative arts brought back by Wetmore after a career spent in China.