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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.

https://packardnauticalart.com/the-chart-room/

I offer a full range of custom framing.

Original pen & ink drawing of the Schooner George W. Wells (SOLD)

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 is drawn 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.


Original pen & ink drawing of the USS Wasp.

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.

The drawing is framed in a 20″ diameter replica of a porthole from a shipwreck. Contact me for details.

Pen & ink drawing of the merchant ship Quedagh Merchant captured by William Kidd in 1698
Pen & ink drawing of the Quedaugh Merchant – 1698
Close up view of the Quedaugh Merchant
Closer view of the 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.

Shown in a 22H x 26W black and silver frame. Contact me for details.

Original pen and ink drawing of the Galleon El Rubi.

Flagship of the 1733 Spanish Treasure Fleet. Wrecked in a hurricane on the Florida Keys in 1733.

Framed size 26×32. (SOLD)

Spanish Nao Espiritu Santo wrecked on South Padre Island, Texas
Original pen & ink drawing of the Spanish 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 Padre Island. The wrecks were discovered while digging the Mansfield Cut in 1950. Treasure hunters discovered Espiritu Santo in 1967 which resulted in strict laws to protect shipwrecks nation wide.

Shown in a 22H x 28W walnut veneer frame. Contact me for details.

Original pen & ink drawing of the HMS Terror from the Franklin Arctic Expedition.

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.

Drawn on a full size Arctic chart. Framed 33H x 34W. Contact me for frame and purchase info.

Pen & Ink drawing of the Confederate Privateer Petrel and the USS St. Lawrence

In July 1861, the Petrel departed Charleston, South Carolina on a mission to raid Union merchant ships in the Bahamas. The 50 gun frigate USS St. Lawrence, stationed off the harbor entrance spotted the Petrel and gave chase. After four hours the Petrel’s captain, realizing he couldn’t out run the frigate came about and attacked the St. Lawrence with his bow gun. A board-side from the St. Lawrence sank the Petrel. Thirty-six of the Petrel’s forty crewmen were rescued and sent north as POWs.

Framed in a 26Hx32W walnut burl frame. Contact me for details.


Gloucester fishing schooner George Haskell
Gloucester fishing schooner George Haskell

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.

Barkentine Monfalcone
Barkentine Monfalcone

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.

Original pen & ink drawing of the Connecticut Brig Commerce.

On August 15, 1815 the 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”.

This drawing is done on a well used original 1958 French chart of the Sahara coast. The drawing is 23H x 30W. Contact me for details.

Original Pen & ink drawing of the Schooner Mary Ann.

Found wrecked on Hunting Island, South Carolina after a hurricane in 1821. Her captain carried $60,000 in gold and silver coins, payment for a cargo delivered in Havana. The Crew and coins were lost without a trace.

Framed in a replica wood porthole that measures 17″ in diameter. Contact me for details




Original pen & ink drawing of the Schooner Cora A. off Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Launched in 1889, she was the last full rigged schooner built at Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
She worked on the Great Lakes, then began trans-Atlantic trade. On March 5, 1916 the British Steamer Oxonian came up on Cora A. in distress 300 miles off Bermuda. Oxonian’s captain rescued the crew from the Cora A.

This drawing is done on the top half of a 1941 chart of the harbors of Manitowoc and Sheboygan. The next drawing is of the Lottie Cooper is on the bottom half. Together they make a nice matched pair.

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Original pen & ink drawing of the Schooner Lottie Cooper off Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

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 drawing is on the bottom half of an original War Department chart from September 1941.


ORIGINAL PEN & INK DRAWING OF THE STEAMBOAT LOUISIANA

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.

Republic of Texas Navy Schooner Invincible

Texas purchased the fast 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 purchase info.

“Don’t Give Up the Ship” – Captain James Lawrence, USN

Original pen & ink drawing of the U.S.S. Chesapeake.

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.

Framed size 26×32. (SOLD)

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