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The explosion of the frigate 'Dona Maria II' off Taipa Island, Macau

1850

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

The incident happened on 29 October 1850. Few personal tensions on board ship can have had such disastrous consequences as those that sank the Dona Maria II, a frigate in the Portuguese Navy. A vengeful crewman blew the ship up with 300 barrels of gunpowder, damaging or sinking nearby vessels and killing 200 people. There is a memorial to the event on Taipa Island.

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  • Title: The explosion of the frigate 'Dona Maria II' off Taipa Island, Macau
  • Date Created: 1850
  • Location Created: China
  • Physical Dimensions: 33.3 x 54.6 cm
  • Original Language: Portugese
  • Provenance: Gift of Anthony J. Hardy
  • Transcript: Inscribed in cartouche 'Explosao da Frigata Dna. Maria 2 em Macao no anno 1850'
  • Type: Painting
  • Publisher: Painting of the China Trade: The Sze Yuan Tang Collection of Historic Paintings (2013) cat. 86
  • Rights: ©Hong Kong Maritime Museum
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • object id: HKMM2009.0059.0002

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