Tag: art

I was cleaning out a file cabinet, and came across a pile of these sketches. In the world of computer 3D rendering, classic artist renderings have become a thing of the past.

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Our artist friend Mary Mattingly often contacts us for technical advice since she is very much interested in wetland and maritime community projects.


Often our involvement with her projects relates to providing her with assistance in finding solutions to floating her projects. (Actual flotation, not the financial kind)


As an artist Mary works with tiny budgets and often the largest cost component relates to the procurement of the float on which the project can be mounted. This blog presents an interesting flotation solution.

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Monday, December 29th, 2014

Christmas Poetry


Many years ago Arthur Mournian gave me a quirky little book named Nautical Poetry, which was a collection of (what the editor considered to be) the best nautical poetry. It contained some good stuff, but not this Robert Louis Stevenson poem that was sent to me over Christmas by my friend and former colleague John Luard.


It should have.



Christmas at Sea


by Robert Louis Stevenson



The sheets were frozen hard, and they cut the naked hand;
The decks were like a slide, where a seaman scarce could stand;
The wind was a nor'-wester, blowing squally off the sea;
And cliffs and spouting breakers were the only things a-lee.

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From 1995 to 2010 our holiday newsletter always included a small sketch made by Henk van Hemmen.


This year we decided to recapture those pictures we could find in our old files and republish them. Henk always drew these pictures with a thought towards those of us who are at sea or in foreign ports during the holidays.


Best wishes to all for the holidays and for 2014, and especially to those who sail the seas.


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Friday, November 1st, 2013

The Art of Octoberfest

I finally made it to my first Motor Services Hugo Stamp Octoberfest (one of our very favorite diesel shops). This spectacular party has been a long standing annual tradition by MSHS at their beautiful facility in Fort Lauderdale and has been attended by many a Martin & Ottaway surveyor over the years.


While it occurs in October and pays homage to the company’s German heritage, today it is no longer just brats, beer and oompah music, but rather an incredible mixture of maritime, international, and South Florida culture. Imagine a warehouse rave, but then in a real warehouse filled with prominently displayed engines and engine parts, via sushi, and Havana Social Club departments.You have to see it to understand it.

But this blog is about art.

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Monday, January 14th, 2013

Holiday Art

During the new year season we receive good wishes from people all over the world and all the cards we receive we display around the office for a few weeks to get us in the holiday spirit, and to reminds us of all our friends around the world. Many are quite pretty and inspired. This year we are posting one of our favorites, a beautiful numbered print of the schooner Bluenose.


It was drawn by Paul Woolhiser, an excellent artist and technical model builder whom we have worked with since the late eighties.


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