Sunday, August 1, 2021

Sailing to Tortuga

October 15, 2009 by  
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This black and white print is from a large color original.  It reminds me of the boat that our Mom and Dad (Millard and Jeanne) sailed to the Dry Tortuga on.  It can’t be, however, because Mom would NEVER have gone below the ship’s deck as she suffered horrid seasickness and claustrophobia as well.

Sailing to Dry Turtle - Color

Well I knew this was the boat.  The name of it is:  Mystic.  On page 9 of Dad’s Book, Florida Keys Impressions, by Millard Wells you can see the painting Dad did of this ketch.  The black and white one above was printed on a note card.  On page 8 of Dad’s book he writes:

“Few subjects inspire artists more than water, lighthouses and sailboats.  My late wife, Jeanne, and I spent many memorable hours in the Dry Tortugas with friends aboard the 40-foot ketch Mystic.  Organized as a sailing/painting cruise, it was a dream come true..”  (not for Mom — trust me)  “..Inspired by the natural beauty of the islands, I painted numerous nautical scenes from the vessel.  I also completed many characterizations of Fort Jefferson, the red-brick fortress on Garden Key, and nearby Loggerhead Key, with its stalwart lighthouse.”

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