Portholes & their stories!

Portholes & their stories!

My little porthole series is up for sale now. Each one has it's own story.

This one below is 'The Golden Hind'. When Francis Drake was circumnavigating the between 1577 and 1580 I like to imagine he saw some amazing seas from his cabin. This particular view off the coast of Brazil in the moonlight...perhaps?

Did you know she was originally known as Pelican, but Drake renamed her mid-voyage in 1578, in honour of his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton whose crest was a golden hind.

The Golden Hind Porthole

The journey of the Mayflower is such a great story. The Mayflower was a famous ship that played a significant role in American history. In 1620, this iconic vessel carried a group of English Pilgrims across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World. These brave individuals were seeking religious freedom and a fresh start in a new land. 

The crossing was harsh with wild storms, this porthole is a moment of calm and of  reflection in that tough journey.

The Mayflower Porthole

The Santa Maria was Christopher Columbus' first vessel to cross the Atlantic ocean. Then on the return trip, on 24 December (1492), not having slept for two days, Columbus decided at 11:00 p.m. to lie down to sleep. The night being calm, the steersman also decided to sleep, leaving only a cabin boy to steer the ship, a practice which the admiral had always strictly forbidden. With the boy at the helm, the currents carried the ship onto a sandbank, running her aground off Haiti. It sank the next day.

Many people have claimed to find the wreck of the Santa Maria but as yet, none has been verified as true.

I painted a smooth, silky dark sea perhaps a foretelling of the dangers that fateful night had in store.

Santa Maria Porthole

The HMS Beagle is most famous for its second voyage, which lasted from 1831 to 1836. During this voyage, Charles Darwin served as the ship's naturalist and collected specimens of plants and animals from around the world. This voyage provided Darwin with the evidence he needed to develop his theory of evolution by natural selection.

In the sweltering heat on board I can imagine Darwin peering out to view tropical seas. Sparkling in the bright sun and dazzling with remarkable sea life.

HMS Beagle Porthole

On 21 October 1805, HMS Victory led the British fleet into battle off Cape Trafalgar against the Franco-Spanish force; at 11.48 the most famous signal in the history of the Royal Navy, 'England Expects That Every Man Will Do His Duty' flew from her masthead. Nelson was later shot by a French sniper during the battle.

The sea settles after battle and takes her own into the depths - a touch of sparkling sunlight gives hope and peace.

HMS Victory Porthole

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