I am teaching myself to sketch. It has become a favorite hobby.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Saybrook Breakwater Light

The Saybrook Breakwater Light; accessible only by boat, it sits on a 2,750 foot stone breakwater

Monday, April 8, 2013

Baghrus, (Gaston) Turkey

The original Byzantine Fortress was  constructed in the seventh century AD, and served for decades as a guardian under the Knights Templar and was finally abandoned in the 17th century.

(see more of the story in the Byzantium Blog -- JLM)

The Capture of a Fortress -- A Siege In Progress

--A fortification with the outer wall breached;

--Two siege towers with battering rams in use;

--A catapult is in the left corner of the picture;

--Four men are taking a ballista up the approach road to the fortress.

Margat Castle, Plan of the Citadel

1. Path from the outer Gate;
2. Inner Gate;
3. 12th century towers;
4. Hall;
5. Chapel;
6. NE Tower;
7. Donjon;
--The Tour de l'Eperon lies off to the North, as well as castletown.

Krak des Chevaliers, Syria

Caesaria, Israel in the 12th Century

1. Curtain Wall;
2. Moat;
3. Guard Tower;
4. Sea Gate;
5. East Gate;
6. North Gate;
7. St. Peter's Cathedral;
8. Frank's House;
9. Port;
10. Jetty;
11. Citadel.

Trenctn, Slovakia

1. Gate Tower;
2. Residential Area;
3. Gate Tower;
4. Fortified Church;
5. Lower Castle;
6. Administrative and Residential Buildings;
7. Chapel;
8. Moat;
9. Upper Castle;
10. Courtyard;
11. Keep;
12. Great Hall;
13. Lists.

Carcasonne, France

The "hoardings" projecting from the wall of the castle created an overhanging gallery.  The floors of these "hoardings" had openings from which the defenders could protect the walls from enemy assault.

Pont Ambroix, Gard Depi, France

Antibes Aqueduct

Croyland Bridge (from the Topographia Britannica)

Uex'kull - Inskile - Latvia

12th century harbor castle, founders were the Order of Tuetonic Knights.

The first stone castle erected in Latvia.

Margat Castle

This castle was aso known as "Qalaat al-Marqmb" - (Castle of the Watchtower) near Baniyas, Syria.

This fortress was a major stronghold of the Knights Hospitaller.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013


French Ship.  In False Cook Bay.  Storm and broken rudder.  The crew all died

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Eurymedon Bridge, near Selge Pisidia, Turkey


English Translation of Spanish explanation -- First of all the ship's name is "ASTREE" not Astrel.

French type frigata.  Burned and abandoned between Cape Forneax and Cape San Juan.  Crew members rescued.

River Ragan

English Translation -- English Boat.  Wind and sea fog calm made fuero pulled over on of the islands new year.  Castaways rescued.  1885


English Translation of Spanish Explanation -- Ran aground on rocks of New Year.  Captain and wife die.  1910


English Translation of Spanish explanation -- Anglo-american boat.  Chains broke and was thrown against the rocks for action occur to and waves in bay of Port Pactolis.  Crew Rescued.

Saturday, February 23, 2013


1876 -- Belgian Barque Rig.  Islands of the Srares (Islas de los Estados),  She was found abandoned.  The Captain and seven men were drowned in maneuvers.  This is the fifth drawing of a vessel lost in the sland chains near Cape Horn, South America

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Louisa -- 1893

This is the fourth drawing of a vessel lost in the vicinity of the Islas de los Estados (Islands of the States).  English "Cutter" rigged vessel.  Place: San Juan area on the Islas de los Estados near Cape Horn.  Calm winds and heavy surf pushed the vessel ashore.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Shipwreck and Sinking of the "SS Lotus"

This is the third drawing of a specific ship that was sunk in the Islands of the Estados.  The location of these three wreck drawings are found on a Traveler's Copy of the Isla De Los Estados Chart.  Bahia de San Juan do Salsamento.  Encall'o en una roca. Cinco marinos rescatados.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

"Albert Gallantin" -- burned and sank in 1875

This is second of a series of ships that were lost in the Cape Horn Islands, at the southern tip of South America.  The drawing comes from the visitor's chart of this geographic area.  x/Barca inglesa.  Costa NE de Isla de Los Estados - Incendiada en alta mar y uiego abandonada.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Avdat Acropolis

City of Avdat--The city's acropolis was the high portion of the area which includes a fortress surrounded by a wall, and in turn, an area of worship, which includes two Byzantine churches standing in close proximity.

S. S. "Gulf of Aden" -- Sunk in 1889

Shipwreck and Sinking in the area of --                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Isla De Los Estados -1889
Shipwreck and Sinking in the area of --                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Isla De Los Estados -1889. This drawing comes from a travelers chart of the area.
IH/1880. Vapor ingle's do pasajeros. Se fue a pique cerca del Cabo Tres Montes.  De las ochenta personas que iban a bodo, solo trece se salvarorn.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Roman Corbita or Merchantman


Henry B. Culver, Gordon Grant (illus.) "The Book of Old Ships ---," Dover Pub., New York, 1962, Page 40.

A Corbita and a Ponto

These drawings are the ones referenced in Lionel Casson's "Ships and Seamanship, In the Ancient World," Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, 1995, Figure # 137.  The ship pictures in the figure indicated above were not complete because of damage to the mosaic.  I have redrawn them as probable sail rigs of the period.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Barque Provencal

In southern Europe the inclination toward the lateen sail was strong and with good reason.  The barque provencal , called elsewhere than along the shores of the Mediterranean by other names; did not differ materially from other small vessels.  Small craft in great variety are to be found everywhere in the Mediterranean differing both in form of hull and apparel.  Many of these are quite generally called "barks," but the term is generic.

Henry b. Culver, Gordon Grant (illus.) "The Book of Old Ships---," Dover pub., New York, 1962

Monday, January 14, 2013

Shipwreck #1 - Cape Horn Islands

The Shipwrecks marked on the chart are as follow:
--Antarctic, 1903;
--Endurance, 1915;
--Gover Noren, 1916;
--Bahia Paraiso, 1989.