Travail in the Sunset

Here we see the Moshulu in rough seas near the tip of South America, her handsome proportions clearly evident and her rigging forming a screen against the setting sun.

I find it hard not to see the ship as a metaphor for all our journeya... a trite, but inescapable observation.

I am particularly indebted to J. Ferrell Colton's book, WINDJAMMERS SIGNIFICANT for the deck plans and for the many photographs that I used as a reference for the computer model that I constructed for this painting.

An informative Wikipedia article discusses the history of the Moshulu, her strange name and her eventual fate......

Copyright John Stephens 2010
Moshulu Near the Horn
Moshulu barque