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I must abandon the vessel

I must abandon the vessel

24x36 inches oil/canvas

The crew of the unique ship Cleopatra (Encased in iron body monument “Needle of Cleopatra”) consisted of five men and Captain Henry Carter; and she left Alexandria, in tow of the Olga under Capitan Booth, on Sept. 21, 1877. Safely through the Mediterranean did the Olga tow

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That's quite a painting, and quite a story. I knew about the obelisk being transported from Egypt to Britain in a specially-designed barge, but didn't know that they experienced that much trouble. The barge itself resembles an unusual type of vessel built on the Great Lakes during the 1890s, known as a "Whaleback" or "Pig-Boat":

http://books.google.com/books?id=snP9T7QYs1oC&pg=PA8&lpg=PA8&dq=Great+Lakes+Pig+Boat&source=bl&ots=R3Rr9HWzbt&sig=DphVL3Xcceb6PK6UAzxH3b2tsJU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=kgHgU-eWFIOPyATdoYKwBg&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=Great%20Lakes%20Pig%20Boat&f=false
 

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Your marvellous interpretations of the sea in action have been sorely missed Marek. So good to see you back. This is another example of your mastery of the medium; so true to life and perfectly executed. Lets have more.
 

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Thank You very much. Nice to be back. This painting was sitting on my mind long time and actually is a first part of this story to a painting published on Friday, 13 September 2013.
Best to all

Marek
 

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Well, I stood up to see what was coming and I got a complete drenching! May be oil paint but that is REAL SALT WATER!!!!

Bravo Marek! Fantastic painting. I was just having a peek at Jinishian's so I was wondering what you were doing. Now I know!

Stephen
 

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Hello Stephen, i am still on surface limping Dead Slow Ahead. Russell is towed and his engine stall. Life is going on so i am holding my self to the brush with dry palette. I did some portraits so ships were on lay-up. How is going on bridge of expensive real estate and fancy fleet on canvas. Best

Marek
 

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Marek,

Thanks. Will give you a call later today on the RT when you can get up to the bridge if the Captain lets you take a few moments from work!

Stephen
 

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Let me go and look at this painting this morning. Just at the WEIGHT of the water in that wave! Not just a little wave breaking like in Hawaii.... this is mountain sea that is going to drown you. The kind of seas that change a living ship into a crippled hulk!

Love the colours... delicate brush work also.

Caan't you explain the code signals. "ND" on Cleopatra. Fine. Upper signal on Olga reads "MQ". Fine. But the lower three signal... you have as "BCM" Now confused. The flags are saying "JCN"? Can you confirm. I know you are using the 1857 - 1900 Commercial Code. I don't have a code book..... well, not from that 'era'.

Stephen
 

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