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 lithographed nautical charts. For more information on the charts go to The Chart Room.
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In November 1822, the USS Alligator discovered 7 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 20W x 24H contact me for details.
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.
Shown in a 22H x 26W black and antique silver frame. 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 recently obtained 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 18hx30w. Contact me for details.
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 22H x 28W walnut veneer frame. Contact me for details.
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 framed pen & ink drawing measures 20H x 33W. Contact me for more details.
On her maiden voyage to the Georges Bank, the cod fishing schooner 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. After that no one would sail on the Haskell and she was abandoned and left to rot in Gloucester Harbor.
Framed and matted size is 22×26. 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 20H x24W. 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 that has course lines and shows exposure to weather. The chart connects the one of a kind drawing to the story. The chart 23H x 30W. Contact me for details.
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 26H x 32W walnut burl frame. Contact me for details.
Texas purchased this Baltimore built schooner in 1836 and refitted and armed her for duty patrolling the Texas coast to stop ships supplying the Mexican Army. In April 1836, Invincible destroyed the Mexican warship Montezuma. In 1837, after battling two Mexican Navy ships the Invincible ran aground entering Galveston Bay.
This original pen & ink drawing is framed in a reproduction of a shipwreck porthole and ready to hang on the wall. Contact me for more info.
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