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USS Alligator

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Original pen & ink drawing of the US Navy schooner Alligator. After fighting pirates off the north Cuban coast, she ran aground on a reef off the Florida Keys after rescuing American ships from pirates. Alligator Reef was named for the schooner which was abandoned and sunk on the reef. The drawing is double matted and in a dark walnut custom frame.

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Length/Depth: 2 in
Width: 22 in
Height: 26 in
Length/Depth: 6 in
Width: 28 in
Height: 32 in


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Packed, shipped and insured by UPS. In person delivery or pick up at an art show is available in central and south Florida. Shipped to locations in Mainland US only. CONTACT ME BEFORE FINAL PURCHASE TO DISCUSS SHIPPING COST. IT IS LIKELY TO BE LOWER THAN THE FIXED SHIPPING ESTIMATE. CALL 504-452-7606.

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Meet your seller


My interest in the sea and shipwrecks began in 1966. I was the radio operator on a US Air Force Air/Sea Rescue “Crash-boat”. Built in 1944, the high speed 63 foot wooden rescue boat gave me an uncommon opportunity to experience the sea and wonder about what lies below. In 1968, I was on a Forward Air Control team attached to the Army in Vietnam. Maps became my sketch pad for drawing the things that caught my eye. But, it was the Vietnamese fishing boats sailing out to the South China Sea that caught my imagination. In 1970, I joined other artists working on Jackson Square in the New Orleans French Quarter. I drew pen & ink sailing ships on nautical charts and sold them right off my work board. I learned the art of scrimshaw and worked with watercolors and oils. Only to discover that the challenge of pen & ink was my passion. My drawings are actual ships and most were lost at sea. I find their stories in old newspapers, insurance records, Admiralty Court cases and government reports. I’ve sailed on working tall ships in the Atlantic and on the Great Lakes. As a licensed pilot I learned to feel the wind and understand weather in the three dimensional world of flying. Each drawing begins with a rough pencil sketch. Then I use a single technical pen with a point diameter of five thousandths of an inch to create the entire drawing. Completely self-taught, I developed my own technique for building up the details, shapes, textures and shadows by layering thousands of tiny pen strokes. My one-of-a-kind drawings are done free-hand, based on my research and the image of the ship that I see in my mind.

Nautical Art

I have been combining art and history with nautical charts for 53 years to tell the stories of ships lost at sea. My one-of-a-kind pen & ink drawings of sailing ships are done free-hand on the chart of the waters where they were last seen, based on the stories I find in old newspapers, insurance records, ship's papers, life-saving service records and admiralty court cases.


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