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EL Arte de William Coulter

Westward - The yacht Westward is shown sailing on San Francisco Bay with Mount Tamalpais and Sausalito in the background to the left and Angel Island to the right. The Westward was owned and sailed on San Francisco Bay by Captain Barneson. Famed seagoing photographer Diane Beeston took the photo of the painting from which the card was made

This painting shows a steamer coming "To the Rescue" of a dismasted sailing vessel. The message of hope is one that W.A. Coulter often put in a painting of any ship in distress.

Restless - This painting shows the three-masted bark Restless near the enterance to the Straight of Juan de Fuca. Her topsails are reefed and she is beating to windward in heavy seas. Tatoosh Island off the northwest tip of Washington is in the background.

W.A. Coulter painted "Honolulu Harbor" during a visit to Hawaii. It depicts a scene looking toward Honolulu from the sea, with Diamond Head to the right in the Background. In the foreground a bard is hoved to, and a whaleboat is being rowed. There is a U.S. Army transport steamer coming out of the harbor. Also in the scene are a schooner, a native outrigger under sail, and a tug approaching the bark, probably to tow her into the harbor.

Another view of one of Coulter's favorite scenes. A sailing ship inbound from the Pacific is making her way before a westerly breeze. In the foreground a fishing boat of the type known as a felucca, sails toward San Francisco as a steamer sails out the Gate. Also visible are Fort Point and Lime Point and in the distance Mile Rock with its lighthouse.

Fishing boat - This small painting shows a fishing boat and a sloop in the foreground In the background is a steamer in the Golden Gate. To the left is Fort Point

Derry Harbor - A winter scene of the harbor at Derry, Ireland, bathed in sunlight following snow showers. A coastal steamer heads downstream to Lough Foyle and the open sea. circa 1929.

Coming Home

San Francisco Bay c. 1892, — a classic Coulter painting depicting virtually all the local vessel types with a full-rigged squarerigger taking in sail as the tug takes hold off today's Fort Mason. In the distance is the Golden Gate and Fort Point.

Alaska Packers Ship

This painting by W.A. Coulter depicts a full rigged ship of the Alaska Packers fleet, out bound for the north. She is passing the Farallon Islands off San Francisco Bay. The Alaska Packers fleet was one of Coulter's favorite subjects as they were one of the last sailing fleets of square riggers in the United Sates. They would leave for the Gulf of Alaska in the late spring and return with a cargo of salmon in the fall. Beautiful as these ships were, they were usually sailed on these voyages with a very small crew which made the voyage difficult for all on board

William P Frye - The four-masted bark William P. Frye was built by Arthur Sewall and Company in Bath, Maine in 1901, and named for the well-know Maine senator. Sunk by the crew of a German battle cruiser in January 1915, the William P. Frye was the first American merchant vessel lost to enemy action during Word War I. The painting is reproduced through the courtesy of the Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, Maine, and was a gift to the museum from the Samuel Sewall family.

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