This was a tragedy that occurred on April 27 of the very same year. The steamship Anglo Saxon, en route from Liverpool to Quebec and Montreal, encountered thick fog near Cape Race off the coast of Newfoundland and ran aground.
Although 130 passengers and crew were evacuated before the ship broke up, the heavy seas made it impossible to rescue the remainder. More than 230 lives were lost.
The sinking was widely reported on both sides of the Atlantic and inspired Melbye and Bottomley to depict the disaster.
Their painting is estimated at €8000-10,000 in the November 9 auction at Dorotheum in Vienna.