Exhibited Royal Academy, London, 1872, no. 389, as An interesting story; possibly purchased directly from the artist by Miss Mary Emily Flinn (c. 1846–1937); her collection, Oxton, Birkenhead, England, by until 1937; with Palser Gallery (dealer), London, 1938, as Tracing the North-West Passage; from where acquired for the Felton Bequest, 1938.
 Mary Emily was one of four children of Captain Henry Flinn (d. 1896), of ‘Gorselands’, Wallasey (near Oxton) in Birkenhead. A brother Frederick Woolven Flinn (or F. W. Flinn) was a Justice of the Peace and also owned ships like his father. When Mary Emily died, probate was granted to her surviving brother and another sister Edith Fraser (nee Flinn), see The London Gazette, 19 November 1937, accessed https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/34456/page/7316/data.pdf