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The Painted KingArt, Activism, and Authenticity in Hawaii$
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Glenn Wharton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834951

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834951.001.0001

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(p.33) 3 Shipwreck
The Painted King

Glenn Wharton

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter narrates the events surrounding the sinking of the ship, George F. Haendel, which had carried the sculpture of King Kamehameha. The ship encountered a storm in the south Atlantic off the coast of Argentina. A fire broke out, then the ship struck a reef and sank to the bottom of the sea near the Falkland Islands. The news traveled quickly to Honolulu. Fortunately, the Hawaiian legislature had insured the sculpture for 50,000 marks (approximately $12,000), and with the insurance settlement the legislature commissioned a second cast. With the sum of $4,000 from insurance money, Thomas R. Gould and Walter Murray Gibson decided to add four partial-gilt bronze bas-relief panels depicting scenes from Kamehameha's life for the sides of the pedestal.

Keywords:   George F. Haendel, King Kamehameha, Hawaiian legislature, Thomas R. Gould, Walter Murray Gibson

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