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Maritime Museum Acquires Tall Ship Watercolors


South Haven, MI —The Michigan Maritime Museum recently acquired four original watercolors painted by noted maritime artist and historian Peter Rindlisbacher of Amherstburg, Ontario in Canada. The paintings are renderings of the Museum’s historic replica tall ship, Friends Good Will.

The artist visited the Michigan Maritime Museum in early September. “Sailing on Friends Good Will inspired me to capture her magnificent beauty on canvas,” states Rindlisbacher. “The ship is a link to the past and these paintings take her back to that time to illustrate her history,” he adds. The renderings of the 1810 sloop turned man-o-war portray several significant glimpses in her history: “Friends Good Will off Detroit” illustrates her as a merchant vessel before she was caught up in the War of 1812. “Arrival at Fort Mackinac” depicts Friends Good Will approaching Mackinac Island prior to her British capture and subsequent renaming as Little Belt as a part of the Royal Navy. “Flight of the Little Belt” shows the aftermath of the Battle of Lake Erie which led to her re-capture by the American Navy. “Burning American Sloops at Black Rock” portrays the demise of Friends Good Will in flames in Buffalo.



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