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For The Last Time   size 28 inches x 18 inches, oil on panel
For The Last Time size 28 inches x 18 inches, oil on panel

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The “Michipicoten” was an ore ship operating on the Great Lakes. Built in 1905 and originally named the Henry C. Frick, she was a large ship: 7.600 gross tons (5.510 net tons), 569 feet (173.43 meters), and once the largest in region. Her owners, Providence Shipping, eventually sold her for scrap to Spain late in 1972.

Her last trip began on October 27,1972. The “Michipicoten,” under her own steam, passed down through Welland Canal with salt from Goderich, Ontario, Canada, bound for Trois Riveres Quebec Canada. We arrived to pick up the ship from Quebec City November 13, 1972. We had one day of preparations, then on November 15, with the help of local tugboats, she moved towards the wider waters of the St. Lawrence River.

Within the next 24 hours, though, the weather began to deteriorate. By the next day, it had worsened into a major fall storm. We were close to Anticosti Island when at approximately noon, a huge plume of dust suddenly rose from “Michipicoten,” and the ship broke in two. The bow sank in about half an hour, but the stern keep us busy for another eight hours, sending warnings to ship traffic on Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The next day, the weather had calmed, the day was beautiful, and the waters of the Gulf were smooth.

Our stern was clear; life goes on.

This story was taken from my direct experiences, and documented in the form of two paintings.
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vegaskip
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Thu, 4 April 19 08:50

I love a good yarn and with an exellent painting as well!.
Jim
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China hand
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Thu, 4 April 19 13:53

Wonderful! Both the painting and the tale.

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marek sarba

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Thu, 4 April 19 15:25

Thank You , armchair sailing with memories.
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Graham the pipe

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Fri, 5 April 19 01:34

They say "Every painting tells a story" but there must be very, very few paintings brought vividly to life by the actual artist having participated in the event in question.

Will look forward to yet more 'action replays' Marek.

Kindest and have a great forthcoming weekend.

GGG
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marek sarba

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Fri, 5 April 19 09:17

Thank You vey much.Great weekend for you too.
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DHendrickson
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Sun, 7 April 19 11:50

Interesting pair of paintings with equally interesting stories behind them. The Michipicoten really looks worn out and weary here.
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blausioux

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Tue, 23 April 19 15:47

What wonderful fresh colors in this oil painting and a beautiful representation of this exciting ship in this very fine painting.
Class painting!

Emil

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