I am always researching shipwrecks and creating new drawings. Contact me by email or cellphone to find out what is currently available and what I’m working on. Current work can also be seen on Instagram. My work is original and all are done freehand, I do not do reproductions.
My drawings sell quickly at the art shows, keeping my GALLERY page updated is difficult, but the gallery is representative of my body of work.
I use original nautical charts. For more information on the charts go to The Chart Room. https://packardnauticalart.com/the-chart-room/
All work is custom framed. I do all of my own framing and I can work with you to find the right frame for any piece.
ALL WORK IS COPYRIGHTED WITH REGISTERED SAMPLES.
PIRATE SHIP TROMPEUSE – 1683
FRENCH PIRATE JEAN HAMLIN CAPTURED THE MERCHANT SHIP LA TROMPEUSE AND ARMED HER AND TOOK ON A CREW OF 120 MEN. HE SOON EARNED A REPUTATION FOR BRUTALITY AND WAS HUNTED THROUGHOUT THE CARIBBEAN AND THE AFRICAN COAST. IN 1683 HE FOUND SAFE HAVEN IN THE HARBOR OF CHARLOTTE AMALIE UNDER THE PROTECT OF THE CORRUPT GOVERNOR OF ST. THOMAS. THE BRITISH DISCOVERED HAMLIN AND ATTACKED AND BURN LA TROMPEUSE. SHE RESTS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HARBOR; SOME SAY WITH 24,000 POUNDS OF SILVER. HAMLIN AND HIS CREW ESCAPED TO BRAZIL.
THIS ORIGINAL PEN AND INK DRAWING IS ON A FULL-SIZED BRITISH ADMIRALTY CHART OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, IT IS FRAMED IN AN ANTIQUE BLACK AND SILVER FRAME. ON THE WALL SIZE IS 32′ H X 45’W. CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS.
USS SOUTH CAROLINA
The Frigate South Carolina was leased from France by the government of South Carolina to create a state navy. She sailed from Europe to Charleston in 1781, capturing several British merchant ships along the way. She arrived off Charleston only to find out the British had captured the city and she sailed for Havana. The captain joined forces with the Spanish to capture the British island of New Providence in the Bahamas and then sailed for Philadelphia. After refitting the South Carolina headed back to sea but was captured by three Royal Navy ships off the entrance to Delaware Bay.
This original pen & ink drawing measures 24″H X 30″W and is in a 2″ wide brown/black rustic frame. CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS. (S O L D)
SHIP NANCY W. STEVENS
The Nancy W. Stevens made the New York to New Orleans run several times a years carrying a variety of cargos. On the night of September 11, 1849, she struck a reef off Loggerhead Key in the Dry Tortugas. Key West “wreckers” saved the crew and some of the cargo and ship fittings and rigging.
This original pen & ink drawing is framed in a walnut/cherry frame and the on the wall size is 26″x30″. CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS. (S O L D)
There is more to the story of the Bounty then the mutiny. The Bounty departed England on December 23, 1787 bound for Tahiti by way of Cape Horn. They arrived off Cape Horn in April 1788, but after 40 days trying to round Cape Horn, Captain Bligh turned the battered ship toward the Cape of Good Hope. After repairs and reprovisioning, the Bounty sailed east into the Indian Ocean on July 1, 1788 and arrived off Tahiti on October 23rd.
This original pen & ink drawing is done on a Pilot Chart of the South Atlantic and measures 25″ H x 35″ W. CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS. (S O L D)
In 1811, the Revenge under the command of Oliver Hazzard Perry was surveying the Rhode Island coast and ran aground and was abandoned on Watch Hill Reef. Divers discovered the wreck in 2005 and it is an on-going archaeological project of the US Navy History and Heritage Command.
Original pen & ink drawing measures 22″ W x 28″ H. Contact me for more details. (S O L D)
PONCE de LEON’S FLAGSHIP SANTIAGO
OFF SANIBEL ISLAND – 1513
In 1513, Ponce de Leon discovered the Florida peninsula. Starting from near present-day St. Augustine he sailed south rounding the tip of what he thought was an island then sailed north. He anchored off a long island which he named Santa Isybella. He remained there for several days making repairs and gathering food, water and firewood. The whole time under attack by the Calusa Indians. In 1521 he returned to the island with 200 settlers and soldiers along with farm animals and supplies needed to start a settlement. But, in a fight with the Calusas he was wounded by a poison tipped arrow and died of his wounds.
This original pen & ink drawing is framed in a black with antique silver trim frame. The on the wall size is 30″W x 36″ H. Contact me for details.
CLIPPER SHIP SEA WITCH
On March 15, 1848 the Sea Witch raced into New York Harbor; she had departed Hong Kong 77 days earlier and set the records for the fastest time between China and New York. In 1849, she broke her own record making the voyage in 74 days. After seven more years carrying freight and miners to the California gold fields the ship was worn out and began carrying immigrants from China to New York. In 1856, she ran around near Havana and was abandoned. Her record set in 1849, still stands as the fastest time for a mono-hull sailing ship from Hong Kong to New York.
This original pen & ink drawing is on a full sized British Admiralty chart of the approaches to New York. The on the wall size is 32H x 52W and its framed in a black/antique silver trim frame. Contact me for details. (S O L D)
SCHOONER GEORGE W. WELLS
Built in Camden, Maine in 1900 she carried cargos between New England and southern ports. In 1913 she was bound for Fernandina, Florida and was driven ashore on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina during a hurricane. The crew of the Life Saving Station on Ocracoke Island rescued all 26 people on board and one large St. Bernard dog.
This original pen & ink drawing is done on a full size British Admiralty chart and measures 30×40. I do many full size pieces, contact me to commission a one-of-a-kind drawing on a full size chart. (S O L D)
In November 1822, the US Navy Schooner Alligator discovered seven ships being held by pirates in Matanzas Bay, Cuba. In a gutsy move, the crew sailed into the bay and drove off the pirates, rescuing the ships and their crews; but the Alligator’s captain was killed in the fighting. The Alligator sailed for Boston with the seven ships in convoy, but she ran aground on the Florida Reefs. The Alligator was abandoned and burned on the reef that now bears her name.
This original pen & ink drawing is 20″ W x 24″ H contact me for details. (S 0 L D)
GALLEON EL RUBI
Flagship of the 1733 Spanish Treasure Fleet. Wrecked in a hurricane on the Florida Keys in 1733. Original pen & ink drawing measures 26″ H x 32″ W. (S O L D)
Last seen by whalers in Baffin Bay in 1845, the Terror and the fate of her crew remained a mystery for 170 years until archeologists found her near King William Island in 2016.
This original pen & ink drawing is done on a full size Arctic chart. On the wall size is 37″ x 38″. CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS. (S O L D)
Built at Pascagoula, Mississippi to carry supplies during WWI. Her first captain was Jimmy Buffett, the grandfather of Margaritaville’s Jimmy Buffet. His song “The Captain and the Kid” is a tribute to his grandfather’s life at sea. It was towed to Los Angeles in 1923 and used to film a movie. Then bought and used as a fishing barge before being turned into a casino boat. In 1930, she mysteriously caught fire and sank off Long Beach during a war between rival gangsters. Divers still search the wreck looking for the casino cash boxes that were not recovered.
Framed and matted size is 20″ H x24″ W. Contact me for details. (S O L D)
On August 15, 1815 the American Brig Commerce under the command of James Riley wrecked on the coast of Western Sahara. Lost on an unknown coast the crew was captured and enslaved by Arabs. Eventually ransomed for cash and a gun, seven of the eleven crewmen returned home. Riley wrote of the ordeal which is known today as “Sufferings in Africa”. In 2004, the best selling book “Skeletons on the Zahara” retraced the crew’s journey of survival.
This pen & ink drawing is done on a original 1958 French chart of the Sahara coast. The chart has course lines and shows exposure to weather and connects the one of a kind drawing to the story. The on the wall size 27″ H x 34″ W. Contact me for details. (S O L D)
SCHOONER LOTTIE COOPER
Returning to Sheboygan, Wisconsin with 230,000 board feet of elm wood for the Matoon Furniture Mfg. Co. she wrecked off the entrance to Sheboygan Harbor in 1894. The Life Saving Service saved 5 of the 6 crewmen just before the ship rolled over and sank. Her hull was recovered in 1992, during a harbor project and it is on display in Deland Park at Sheboygan.
This original pen & ink drawing is on the bottom half of an original War Department chart from September 1941. Cora A. is on the top half. Both drawings ae 22×32 and would make an interesting pair hanging together. Contact me for more details. (S O L D)
On November 15, 1849 the Louisiana was departing the Gravier Street Wharf in New Orleans when her boilers exploded. Debris was scattered for several blocks and nearly 200 people were killed and injured.
Shown in a 26″ H x 32″ W walnut burl frame. Contact me for details. (SOLD)
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