Maps, Ships and Architecture

Marine Prints

MARINE PRINT COLLECTION

Written and Edited by F. Carrington Weems II
Artwork Owned by F. Carrington Weems II
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A MIDNIGHT RACE ON THE MISSISSIPPI

Pioneered on the Hudson River in the first decades of the 19th century, the steamboat in latter decades transformed commerce on the great rivers of the Midwest: the Ohio, the Mississippi, and the Missouri.  Races between steamboats were common, but extremely dangerous, all too frequently ending in the explosion of an overheated engine.

Staff artist Frances “Fanny” Palmer produced a series of Mississippi River scenes, including this rendering of a well-publicized race between the Natchez and the Eclipse.  The composition in both accurate — based on a drawing from life of the Natchez — and romantic, complete with fiery smokestacks and a full moon.

After a Sketch by H. D. Manning; Published by Currier & Ives Hand-colored lithograph on paper; 26 x 35½ inches; 1860.

After a Sketch by H. D. Manning; Published by Currier & Ives
Hand-colored lithograph on paper; 26 x 35½ inches; 1860.

THE EMBARKATION OF HENRY VIII AT DOVER IN 1520

Until the time of King Henry VIII, England had a small standing navy.  To defend himself against the Scottish threat from his brother-in-law, James IV, Henry enlarged the Navy Royal, building warships both large and small.  At the time of his death in 1547, Henry’s fleet comprised 58 vessels and a Naval administration with storehouses and dockyards.

The Embarkation of Henry VIII depicts the scene at Dover as Henry set sail to meet Francis I and The Field of the Cloth of Gold in France.  The ships shown in this print represent carracks, a 16th century vessel type that was used for merchant voyages, exploration and war.

Specific features of the carrack were its three to four masts with square and lateen sails, high stern castle and triangular fore castle.  Carracks had capacious hulls, but their beamy design and high sides made them awkward sailing ships.

James Basire (1730 – 1802) (from an original by S. H. Grimm); Hand-colored engraving; 33½ x 55 inches; 1775.

James Basire (1730 – 1802) (from an original by S. H. Grimm); Hand-colored engraving; 33½ x 55 inches; 1775.

OLYMPIC

Leaving New York Harbor; Sister to Titanic

Leaving New York Harbor; Sister to Titanic

DREW & ST. JOHN PASSING ON THE HUDSON

 The Grandest Palace Drawing Room Steamers in the World
Drew & St. John of the People’s Evening Line between New York & Albany
Passing on the Hudson
Two Sidewheel Hudson Steamers

DREW & ST. JOHN PASSING ON THE HUDSON

DREW & ST. JOHN PASSING ON THE HUDSON

MAURENTANIA

Mauretania

Mauretania

SATCHEM

A rare print of “Satchem,” the Battle of Sabine Pass in the Civil War when Dick Dowling and his band of forty-five Irish men defeated a huge force of 1,200 in two gunboats, taking 800 prisoners and killing 400.
SATCHEM

SATCHEM

NEW YORK YACHT CLUB REGATTA

NEW YORK YACHT CLUB REGATTA

NEW YORK YACHT CLUB REGATTA

VICTORY
PRELUDE TO TRAFALGAR

VICTORY PRELUDE TO TRAFALGAR

VICTORY PRELUDE TO TRAFALGAR

VICTORY
BREAKING THE LINE AT TRAFALGAR, 1805

VICTORY BREAKING THE LINE AT TRAFALGAR, 1805

VICTORY BREAKING THE LINE AT TRAFALGAR, 1805

THE ELISSA

Leaving Galveston in 1884; By John Stobart

Leaving Galveston in 1884; By John Stobart

CIVIL WAR WARSHIP

CIVIL WAR WARSHIP

CIVIL WAR WARSHIP

AMERICAN PACKET SHIP

AMERICAN PACKET SHIP

AMERICAN PACKET SHIP

C.S.S. ALABAMA AND U.S.S.
KEARSARGE OFF CHERBURG, 1864

C.S.S. ALABAMA AND U.S.S. KEARSARGE OFF CHERBURG, 1864

C.S.S. ALABAMA AND U.S.S. KEARSARGE
OFF CHERBURG, 1864

VICTORY

Four (4) photos of Victory.

Four (4) photos of Victory.

THE CHASE

The newly launched J-Class sloop “Shamrock V” leading the “Britannia” in the solent in 1930.  A limited edition print from a painting by John Mecray, signed and numbered 236/975.  Beautifully framed.

THE CHASE

THE CHASE

THE BATTLE OF ST. VINCENT

February 14, 1797 By George Hunt Signed and Numbered 285/700 Copyright 1999 Mystic Seaport

February 14, 1797
By George Hunt
Signed and Numbered 285/700
Copyright 1999 Mystic Seaport

YACHT WESTWARD
AMERICA’S CUP WINNER

With yachts “Britannia” and “Tenara” by John Mecray.  A special limited edition print, signed and numbered 563/750.  Published by Mystic Maritime Graphic, Mystic Connecticut.  Currently unavailable.  Beautifully framed.

With yachts “Britannia” and “Tenara” by John Mecray. A special limited edition print, signed and numbered 563/750. Published by Mystic Maritime Graphic, Mystic Connecticut. Currently unavailable. Beautifully framed.

 ST. LOUIS WHARF:
A VIEW FROM EADS BRIDGE

As we look down upon the levee from the EadsBridge, we see the many packet steamboats loading and unloading.  Some of the boats have come downriver from far up the Mississippi; others such as the Spread Eagle have come down from Alton on the Illinois side with a mixed cargo.  Others have arrived from ports on the Missouri loaded with furs and pelts and are loading mining machinery, whiskey, flour and trade goods destined for miners and army posts as far west as Fort Benton, 3,100 miles upriver.

The Spread Eagle will enter the downriver trade making to Louisiana and many ports in between.  She is one of five packets to bear that name and travel the Mississippi and MissouriRivers for almost a half-century.  Only a few years remain for the riverboats to rule the transportation of the era, soon the railroads will take over and a colorful period in history will be gone forever.

Steam on the Rivers: A series of fine limited edition prints from paintings by Robert Sticker, signed 68/780.

Steam on the Rivers: A series of fine limited edition prints from paintings by Robert Sticker, signed 68/780.

Certificate of Authenticity

Certificate of Authenticity

SEA CLOUD

By Richard L. Brooks; 1981

By Richard L. Brooks; 1981

ROYAL GEORGE

By Derek G. M. Gardner.  “The Hundred Gun Flagship of Vice Admiral Sir Alex. Hood”; Signed and Numbered 214/750.

By Derek G. M. Gardner. “The Hundred Gun Flagship of Vice Admiral Sir Alex. Hood”; Signed and Numbered 214/750.

R.M.S. MAURETANIA

1907-1935; Sumar Publications Merseyside by E. D. Walker

1907-1935; Sumar Publications Merseyside by E. D. Walker

THE FOG WARNING

By Winslow Homer Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; 1885 Print of Oil on Canvas; 30 x 48”

By Winslow Homer
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; 1885
Print of Oil on Canvas; 30 x 48”

THE SOUTHERN CROSS

1851 by Fitz Hugh Lane 1804-1865

1851 by Fitz Hugh Lane
1804-1865

AMERICAN: SALEM HARB

By Fitz Hugh Lane, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 26” x 42”

By Fitz Hugh Lane, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 26” x 42”

ORION

By Derek G. M. Gardner, V.R.D., R.S.M.A.; Signed and Numbered 119/750; 74 Gun, Ship of the Line.

By Derek G. M. Gardner, V.R.D., R.S.M.A.; Signed and Numbered 119/750; 74 Gun, Ship of the Line.

HOVE-TO OFF THE NEEDLES

By Roger Decoutter, 1983; Printed in England by Albany House

By Roger Decoutter, 1983; Printed in England by Albany House

LEAVING PORT

By R. B. Spencer, 1979; New York Graphich Society, Ltd.

By R. B. Spencer, 1979; New York Graphich Society, Ltd.

BREEZING UP

By Winslow Homer; New York Graphic Society, Ltd.; 1986

By Winslow Homer; New York Graphic Society, Ltd.; 1986

THE FIRST JOURNEY OF
“VICTORY” 1778

This plate is dedicated to the Right Honorable, Earl Beatty, Admiral of the Fleet; 1975

This plate is dedicated to the Right Honorable, Earl Beatty, Admiral of the Fleet; 1975

THE YACHT SQUADRON AT NEWPORT

First Published by Currier and Ives Reproduced by Meriden Gravure Company; 1974;  Newport, Rhode Island

First Published by Currier and Ives
Reproduced by Meriden Gravure Company; 1974;
Newport, Rhode Island

YACHTING RACE IN NEW YORK HARBOR

By James Buttersworth (1817-1894); Museum of Art – Rhode Island School of Design; 1985

By James Buttersworth (1817-1894); Museum of Art – Rhode Island School of Design; 1985

MARINE VIEW, NEW BEDFORD HARBOR

Print of a painting by William Bradford (1823-1892)

Print of a painting by William Bradford (1823-1892)

 THE INDEPENDENCE

From a painting By Samuel Walters, English (1811-1882) Print, 1958

From a painting By Samuel Walters, English (1811-1882)
Print, 1958

THE ROSCOE

From a painting By Samuel Walters, English (1811-1882) Print, 1958

From a painting By Samuel Walters, English (1811-1882)
Print, 1958

THE STEAMER “AMERICA”
ON THE HUDSON RIVER

Painting by James Bard Print, 1963

Painting by James Bard
Print, 1963

THE ACTION BETWEEN
U.S.S. CONSTITUTION AND H.M.S. JAVA

Painting by Henry Scott (Contemporary, English); Print, 1985

Painting by Henry Scott (Contemporary, English); Print, 1985

DEFENCE

Print of painting by Derek G. M. Gardner, 1987; Signed and numbered 330/750

Print of painting by Derek G. M. Gardner, 1987; Signed and numbered 330/750

GLORY AND VALIANT

Painting by Derek G. M. Gardner, 1990; Signed and numbered by artist 257/750

Painting by Derek G. M. Gardner, 1990; Signed and numbered by artist 257/750

THE FIGHTING “TEMERAIRE”

By J.M.W. Turner Hand Colored Steel Engraving; Engraved by J. T. Willmore; 1880

By J.M.W. Turner
Hand Colored Steel Engraving; Engraved by J. T. Willmore; 1880

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