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Item: Water Color
Age: Painted in 1990
Artist: Teddy Tucker
Dimensions: Frame - 24 3/4" x 21 3/4", Watercolor - 17" x 12 1/2"
Condition: Excellent with the exception of a hairline fracture to the bottom of the frame. The paper matting on the back of the frame is torn at the top. Please see photos.
Frame Construction: Solid wood, appears to be teak.
Print on back of painting reads: "The four-masted, 912 ton American schooner 'Constellation;' Howard Neaves, Master; sailed from New York in July 1943, with a cargo of general merchandize bound for Venezuela. At 3:00p.m., on July 31 she stranded and sank on a reef about four miles W.N.W. of Bermuda, and now lies in 20 to 30 feet of water.
The last American-flagged sailing merchant ship, she was built in 1918 by the Frye Flinn Company of Farrinton, Maine, and was first names 'Sally Persis Noyes.' In 1932 she was renamed 'Constellation' and purchased by Robert L. Royall, who intended to convert her into a training ship. Ten years later she was bought by the Intercontinental S.S. Company and after refitting set out on her ill-fated voyage. Her 2,000 ton cargo included cement, an assortment of drugs, 700 cases of Scotch whiskey, ceramics, glassware, and cheap novelties.
Salvaged by the famed Bermudian diver E.B. 'Teddy' Tucker who painted this picture of her, the 'Constellation' was featured in Peter Benchley's novel The Deep and in the film made from it.
The shot glasses were salvaged from the wreck and given to me by Teddy Tucker in 1989.
[Signed] Ivor Noel Nume"
About the artist:
Born on May 8, 1925, Edward Bolton Tucker grew up by the waterside at Hamilton Harbour and Mangrove Bay, and began diving on shipwrecks locally and internationally in the late 1940s.
In 1957, he and Mendel L Peterson, of the Smithsonian Institution, with other staff members from the Department of Armed Forces History, developed the grid system for surveying wreck sites.
Mr Tucker discovered the six-gill shark in Bermuda waters in the 1970s and was a founding member of the Beebe Project in 1983 — a now worldwide scheme which discovers and studies deep-sea animals using submersibles and specially-designed cameras.
He found more than 100 shipwrecks around Bermuda, including the treasure ship San Pedro, which contained the famous gold and emerald “Tucker Cross”.Mr Tucker was a historian, artist and lecturer and featured in many films and books, including ‘The Deep’. Mr Tucker was a member of the Explorers Club, as well as a Charter Member of the Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology. In 1991 he was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Underwater Society of America, and he was awarded the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medal in 1994 by the Queen. In 2000, the New York Explorers’ Club awarded Mr Tucker with the Lowell Thomas Award.