From The Manitoba Readers. Fourth Reader. (Thomas Nelson & Sons. Clark Bros. & Co., Ltd, Winnipeg, undated.) This school reader was probably published in the 1880's, and so this picture would simply have been an example of the current form of sea travel. Thomas Jacques Somerscales (1842-1927) was British-born and taught himself to paint while serving as a naval schoolmaster on H.M.S. Cumberland.