Old New York Harbor - The Gateway to the New World
"Old New York Harbor - The Gateway to the New World" (Original Oil Painting) by Paul McGehee. It was 1908, and the promise of prosperity in the New World beckoned. Men, women and children from throughout Europe and the United Kingdom packed up whatever belongings they could carry and crossed the Atlantic on steam freighters, and ocean liners such as Cunard's newly launched "Mauretania." Often times crowded into steerage with fellow immigrants, they would watch with great anticipation from the portholes and railings of the ship as the last leg of their long voyage brought them to New York harbor. There, the Statue Of Liberty greeted the weary travelers as a symbol of hope for a new life.
As the "Mauretania" docked at its Hudson River pier, the wide-eyed new Americans were transferred to the immigration depot at Ellis Island, where they were processed and given medical attention. From Ellis Island's opening in 1892 until its closing in 1954, nearly 20 million immigrants came through her doors.
This 1908 view, looking west from Battery Park at the foot of Manhattan, shows the setting sun illuminating the busy waters of New York Bay. Many different types of vessels could be spotted on a typical day back in the era of sail and steam ... passenger steamers, ferries, sailing sloops, pleasure yachts and others that had to make way for the massive ocean liners. Castle Clinton, the fortress-like round building in the foreground, was, at this time period, the New York Aquarium ... but at one time it was the original immigrant landing station for the port of New York. She stands today as a reminder of these times with a plaque that reads, "The Gateway To The New World."
"Old New York Harbor - The Gateway to the New World" Original Oil Painting by Paul McGehee
Painting Image Size: 30" x 48"
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