James E. Buttersworth, signed, c.1860. Behind the ship headed into New York is the Sandy Hook light. The vessel is shortening sail perhaps to take aboard a pilot, possibly from the small rowing boat in the foreground. Her light sails have been furled. The topgallants are lowered in preparation for furling and the main and foresails have been temporarily brailed (pulled) up, either to slow the ship or prepare for furling. On the left, a schooner heads offshore. Oil on canvas Bequest of Dan and Grace Freeman.