The Brig Desire

 

 The Brig Desire
The Brig Desire
 
Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches, 2013
Collection of the Artist
 

The Annals of the Hudson, Volume I, is a handwritten account of the ships that landed at Hudson, New York’s waterfront in the late 18th century. One of the many brigs carrying French cargoes to that port bore the unusual and exotic name Desire. Little is known of the captain and crew or the exact dimensions of the ship. What does survive is a record of Desire’s destinations and dates of arrival. Voyages to Brazil, the West Indies, Cape François , and Port au Prince are noted between August of 1785, and November of 1787.  These would have been undertaken mostly to supply Hudson’s enormous distillery with sugar and muscovado. Desire is also known to have served as a whale ship in 1786, sailing into Icelandic waters and returning to its homeport with barrels of whale oil.

This painting is currently scheduled for exhibition in the 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists. The painting will travel to several museums in the United States beginning at the Muscarelle Gallery in Williamsburg, Virginia, and completing the tour at the Maritime Museum of Mystic Seaport.

 

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