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Shipping in Rough Seas

Shipping in Rough Seas

Thomas Buttersworth, Jr., attributed, c. 1820. It’s blowing hard enough for the little lug-rigged boat on the right to be deeply reefed with her mizzen furled.

Naval Squadron, Mediterranean

Naval Squadron, Mediterranean

Thomas Buttersworth, Jr., signed, c.1820. Buttersworth instantly places these three Royal Navy vessels in the Mediterranean by painting a Mediterranean xebec under the bowsprit

Shipping on a Calm Sea

Shipping on a Calm Sea

Thomas Buttersworth, Sr., signed, c.1820. Here, Buttersworth portrays the mix of shipping traffic along the English Channel near the coast in a scene evocative of earlier Dutch paintings.

Packet Ship NABRASKA [sic]

Packet Ship NABRASKA [sic]

James E. Buttersworth, signed, c.1850. The NEBRASKA was one of hundreds of packets (ships operating on schedule) sailing the Atlantic before the Civil War.

Naval Action off Valparaiso

Naval Action off Valparaiso

Thomas Buttersworth Jr., attributed, c.1815. During the War of 1812, Captain David Porter took his 32-gun frigate ESSEX into the Pacific in March of 1813.

USS PRESIDENT and HMS ENDYMION

USS PRESIDENT and HMS ENDYMION

Thomas Buttersworth Sr. c.1815. The War of 1812 was over when the British captured the frigate USS PRESIDENT. But no one knew a peace treaty had been signed.

Bows and Anchors

Bows and Anchors

This study of the bow of the Charles H. Klinck shows the old and the new. Name and paint are worn, and drooping anchors look tired.

Martinsville Dories

Martinsville Dories

Simple and graceful, a dory enhances any scene. Catalog Number LB2008.15.732

SEA BISCUIT

SEA BISCUIT

This is Elmer Montgomery’s post-war shot of the Bray family and their neighbor Gil Merriam running across Rockland Harbor

BOWDOIN Departure

BOWDOIN Departure

From Camden, on June 25, 1938, Donald MacMillan’s schooner Bowdoin headed to the arctic where she’d been voyaging annually since she was launched in 1921.