Wednesday, April 29, 2009

'HMS Sirius' Print

John Allcot was one of Australia's leading Maritime artists. His paintings of tall ships have won him worldwide acclaim.

SIRIUS: The guard ship to the first fleet. Regarded as second only to Cook's Endeavour, in the historical records of the Australian Nation. In this painting, Allcot depicts her with an increased sail area in readiness for the long arduous voyage around the globe.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dangers of the Whale Fishery

"Dangers of the Whale Fishery". An early representation of a whale boat being upended by the prey. This theme would be common in much 19th Century marine art . In: "An account of the Arctic regions with a history and description of the northern whale-fishery", by W. Scoresby. 1820. P. 588, Vol. II.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Maritime Paintings Of Early Australia 1788-1900

Australia presented its early artists with problems and challenges that called for a different approach. As this book reveals, some of the finest works by Australian impressionist painters took as their subjects ships and the sea.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Keeping an Eye on the Monitor

A summer expedition to the USS Monitor gave the public an up-close and personal with researchers studying the historic shipwreck, 240 feet below the surface. NOAA’s staff produced a 16-minute video program that describes the Monitor, sanctuary, and the technology that was used on the expedition. More than 7,000 viewers tuned in to the Intranet and local PBS stations. Archived video from the expedition serves as an excellent educational tool for those who want to peak into a part of our maritime history. Scientists also produced photomosaics of the site that will serve as a tool to track the wreck’s deterioration over time. The mission was coordinated through the National Marine Sanctuary Program, University of Rhode Island and Institute for Exploration.