A squall. Two figures in a small boat. The mainsail is blown, the little craft scudding before the wind. Using a subtle gray-tone palette and an uncanny feel for the sea and its elements — wind, wave and weather — Winslow Homer created a story, a drama. Here is the moment when the sea gets the upper hand; the sailors are in trouble. It’s a feeling anyone who has been caught out can relate to.
When you imagine a traditional Maine cottage — shingle-style, prominently located, overlooking island-dotted waters — you’re describing Ed and Laurie Blain’s home on Bailey Island in Harpswell.
John Barber was 7, walking the beach at Cape Hatteras with his family, when he came upon a man sitting under an umbrella with an easel set up. “He was painting a scene of the Hatteras lighthouse,” recalls Barber.
The perfect house for passionate boaters is what Alan and Joyce Ortner sought in 2002 when they designed and built a three-story contemporary home on the Connecticut River.
Hauled for work, the J. Roberts Bateman rests on blocking in a yard in Cambridge, Maryland. She was built in Greenwich, New Jersey, for the Bivalve Packing Co., launched in 1928 and has been a workboat ever since. Once a proud schooner, she was converted to power and today is home-ported in St. Michaels, Maryland, as an oyster buyboat and seed boat.
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