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Painting - Watercolor
Battle Sail is an original watercolor painting by Fine Art America artist James Williamson. Recreated as a fine art print and greeting card by Fine Art America.
Exciting battle sails adventure aboard the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. Home port is located at The Grays Harbor Seaport Authority in Aberdeen, Washington.
Tall Ship Lady Washington first began her life as a sloop, a small vessel with one mast. She was converted to a brigantine, two masts, in 1790-1791, while in Macao, China, under the command of Captain Kendrick.
Lady Washington, along with Columbia sailed from Boston in 1787, around Cape Horn to the Northwest Coast of North America, reaching Nootka Sound in 1788. She sailed onward to China and Japan via the Sandwich Islands and returned to the Pacific Northwest a number of times along this Pacific route. �Columbia� sailed to Boston and was the first American vessel to circumnavigate the globe.
The objective of the brave ships and crews, under the command of Captain Robert Gray and Captain Kendrick was to engage in sea otter fur trade, gather furs from the Indians on the Northwest Coast and sell them in Canton, China.
A replica of Lady Washington was built by Gray�s Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen, Washington in 1989. The ship sails to ports throughout the Pacific Northwest and along the Pacific Coast. You can visit the ship and rediscover the days of 200 years past when the intrepid Yankee traders Robert Gray, John Kendrick and crews first came to the Northwest. Feel the tang of salt spray, hear the cry of gulls as the stout brigantine, a bone in her teeth, once again sails the waters of the Northwest. Scamper up the ratlines to the masthead on a tossing deck. Eyes wide, set and furl sail as the skipper take sights. Bowl gracefully along, sails pulling as you find your way across the trackless ocean.
Name: Hawaiian Chieftain; Operator: Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority; Builder: Lahaina Welding Co. Ltd. (Drake Thomas); Laid Down: 1985, Lahaina, Hawaii; Launched: June 12, 1988; Homeport: Aberdeen, Washington; Designed by: Raymond H. Richards; Rig Type: Square Topsail Ketch; Displacement: 64 tons; Length: 103 feet sparred length, 65 feet on deck, 62 feet at waterline; Beam: 22 feet; Height: 75 feet; Draft: 5.5 feet; Sail Area: 4,200 square feet; Hull: Steel
Hawaiian Chieftain is the name of a sailing vessel briefly known as the Spirit of Larinda. Built in 1988 in Lahaina on the island of Maui, the Hawaiian Chieftain is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional design. She is unique with the rig of a 19th-century trading vessel and a modern triple keel, shallow draft hull. Drawing only 5.5 feet (1.7 m), she is highly maneuverable in shallow waters.
The Hawaiian Chieftain was commissioned by Laurence H. Dorcy, Jr., designed by nautical architect Ray Richards, and built by Lahaina Welding Co. Ltd. on the island of Maui; Drake Thomas was the ship's builder. Lofting, initial hull framing and partial hull plating was performed by Morgan Davies (until his departure from the project in December 1986).Completion of hull welding (including bow and topside plating) was performed by ship welders Ken Bear, Bill Purvis, Lionel Clemons and Oliver Pagttie. Additional expert tradesmen were hired for the rigging (George Herbert/Ivan Hope), ship's carpentry, machinery and electrical installation. Master Mariner Des Kearns played a key role as a Project Director from early 1987 until launch in June 1988. Under its paint, her bowsprit bears the inscription "Lahaina Welding Co." She was based in Sausalito, CA for many years, sailing up and down the coast with the Lady Washington on Voyages of ReDiscovery, providing hands-on history programs teaching 4th and 5th graders about the exploration and trade along the West Coast in the 1790s.
In the winter of 2004, she was sold to a Cape Cod sailing program and renamed the Spirit of Larinda; however, due to the unexpected death of her owner, she remained inactive. In October 2005, the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, owner of Lady Washington, purchased her to add to its fleet. Returning to her original identity as the Hawaiian Chieftain, she joined up with the Lady Washington on February 25, 2006 and is now providing joint education and sail training up and down the west coast of the United States. Physical evidence and proof of her builder and the cover up that has unfortunately become part of her history has been uncovered and research continues. Credit should be given to all who participated and especially to the masters of their craft who serve years to perfect their skills.
August 28th, 2013
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