I am always researching shipwrecks and creating new drawings. Contact me to find out what is currently available and what I’m working on.
My ships are drawn on original nautical charts. For more information on the charts go to The Chart Room. https://packardnauticalart.com/the-chart-room/
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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 more info.
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 ongoing archaeological project of the US Navy History and Heritiage Command.
Original pen & ink drawing measures 22″ W x 28″ H. Contact me for more details. (SOLD)
In 1813, the Wasp was on patrol off Virginia and came up on a British convoy of six merchant ships escorted by the HMS Frolic. After a five hour battle the Wasp’s crew boarded and captured the Frolic in hand-to-hand combat . The Wasp was dismasted and the Frolic was sinking when the 74 gun HMS Poictiers came up on them and the Wasp’s captain had no choice but to surrender. The Wasp was refitted for service with the Royal Navy at Halifax, NS. and was lost with all hands somewhere off Virginia in 1814.
This original pen & ink drawing is framed in a 20″ diameter replica of a porthole from a shipwreck. 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.
CAPTAIN KIDD’S QUEDAUGH MERCHANT
The English privateer William Kidd captured the Quedaugh Merchant in 1698. Politics of the day played against him and he was accused of being a pirate and hung in 1701. The ship was abandoned and burned off Isla Catalina on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic. It was discovered in 2007.
This original pen & ink drawing is shown in a 22″ W x 26″ H black and antique silver frame. Contact me for details.
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. (SOLD)
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.
On February 19, 1922, the schooner Annabelle departed Nassau with 11,500 cases of illegal liquor bound for Miami. Coast Guard cutters gave chase off West Palm Beach, but couldn’t catch Annabelle. A Coast Guard seaplane with a radio and a machine gun stopped the schooner at Jew Fish Creek – the first time an airplane captured a ship at sea.
This original pen & ink drawing is 18H x30W. Contact me for details. (SOLD)
SPRING OF WHITBY
A ship’s bell inscribed “Spring of Whitby – 1801” was found by treasure hunters off Wabasso Beach, Florida in 1965. They also found Spanish silver coins dated 1824. The Spring of Whitby was a British Army Transport, which according to British records served in the Baltic Sea until 1826 when it was lost without a trace. So how did it get to Wabasso Beach, Florida and why was it carrying Spanish coins?
This pen & ink drawing measures 20″ H x 33″ W and is in a pine and walnut frame. Contact me for more details.
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. (SOLD)
SPAINISH NAO ESPIRITU SANTO – 1564
In 1554, four ships carrying 86,000 pounds of silver coins and discs bound for Havana were caught in a storm and three were driven ashore on the Texas Coast. The wrecks were discovered off Padre Island while digging the Mansfield Cut in 1950. Treasure hunters discovered Espiritu Santo in 1967, which resulted in strict laws to protect shipwrecks in Texas waters and nation wide.
This original pen & ink drawing is framed in a 22″ H x 28″ W walnut veneer frame. Contact me for details.
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. Frame size us 33″ H x 34″ W. Contact me for more details
SCHOONER CHARLES HASKELL
On her maiden voyage to the Georges Bank, the cod fishing schooner Charles Haskell collided with the schooner Andrew Johnson, which sank with all hands. The Haskell made five more voyages to the Georges Bank, each time with a different crew and they all claimed to have seen the ghosts of the Johnson’s crew on board the Haskell. She was eventually abandoned and left to rot.
Framed and matted size is 22″ H x26″ W. Contact me for details.
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.
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.
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. (SOLD)
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.
“Don’t Give Up the Ship” – Captain James Lawrence, USN
One of the original six frigates built for the US Navy, she was captured in battle by the HMS Shannon in 1813. The Royal Navy used her to train their officers on the design and capabilities of the American frigates. She was sold and broke up in 1819. Her timbers were used to build a grist mill in Wickford, England. The “Chesapeake Mill” was active until 1976 and today it is a unique antique mall which celebrates and displays its historic construction.
This original pen & ink drawing is 26″ H x 32″ W. Contact me for details. (SOLD)
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