Atlantic by Steven Dews




Steven Dews

Ref GL110 C
Type Fine Art Canvas Print
Limited Editions This Limited Edition Gouttelette Canvas has been printed with lightfast inks onto fine archival-quality cotton canvas, coated with acid-free priming for permanent artwork reproduction. Limited Edition Size: 50 Certified: Yes
Image Size 30" x 20" (76 x 50 cm)
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Atlantic was a black-hulled schooner and is famous particularly for a record-breaking race across the Atlantic in 1905. Kaiser Wilhelm II reinstated the famous transatlantic race in 1905 after his yacht Meteor had been thoroughly beaten, on many occasions, by Britannia, the yacht owned by his uncle, King Edward VII. By sponsoring this race perhaps he hoped to improve his reputation in international yachting circles. The Ocean Cup, which the Kaiser presented, was for yachts of 80 tons or above and was to be sailed without handicap or sail restriction. Atlantic was joined on a foggy start line by two square-rigged barques, one yawl and seven schooners. The race was an epic one, and the competitors faced very challenging weather conditions. At the height of the major storm on 26 May 1905 the legendary skipper of Atlantic, Charlie Barr, refused the demand of the owner, Wilson Marshall, to heave to. "You hire me to win this race and that is what I intend to do" Charlie Barr shouted back as he and his Quarter Master wrestled with the wheel of the mighty yacht. Barr was as good as his word; despite being pounded by 30 foot seas, snap-rolling as she tore along at 12 knots in a south westerly force nine gale, Barr drove Atlantic on, and won the race in 12 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 19 seconds. It was a new world record. Since then, Atlantic’s record has faced many challenges and has only recently been broken. Atlantic’s time would have been even better if the strong winds that were with her during the crossing had not deserted her in the final few miles to the finish.