Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Fort Gorges at Sunset, 5" x 14", Oil on Panel, 2008 SOLD
Fort Gorges, a civil war relic, is an icon of Portland Harbor, and even today a navigational hazard. It's difficult to visit despite its place on the National Registry of Historic Places. When The Army Corps of Engineers built the fort, they situated it on a ledge which seems to lay just below the water at high and low tide. But the war ended before the fort was complete. Had it seen action however, its design was surpassed by advancements in explosives and the fort would probably have been easily overtaken. In World War II, the fort was used to store submarine explosives inside its walls (I wouldn't have wanted the job of doing that in the fog) and served as a lookout post for enemy ships. I have often thought of kayaking out to see it, but so often time and tide just haven't been right to do so and again, that's probably why they put it there.

(Please click here to bid on Ebay)

Labels: , , , , , ,

6 Comments:

Blogger Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Just looked in via the 'Door's' post that is taking place. Superb paintings - instantly reminded me of the Scottish islands; similar coastal scenery. Hoping to pick up oils after a long break, fancy outdoors but the logistics arn't favourable!

3/12/2008  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thanks Julie. What is the Door's post? Maine does conjur up a bit of Scotland, and the farther you go along the coast into Canada (especially Nova Scotia) the more you realize that they were definitely all connected at one time. Thanks for your kind note!

3/12/2008  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Cooper, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such encouraging comments. I particularly like this one of yours, that smaller shape in the middle of an expanse of changing blues was a gambol I think but you have made it pay off big time! It works superbly and the colours are wonderful.

3/12/2008  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thanks Sheila. The fort was never completed and I think would have such a different feel in Portland Harbor had it been two stories tall.

3/12/2008  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thanks Sheila. The fort was never completed and I think would have such a different feel in Portland Harbor had it been two stories tall.

3/12/2008  
Blogger Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Alcatraz.....not that there's anything WRONG with that :D
Beautiful painting.
On the Nova Scotia theme, my husband's mama was born in Diligent River, NS.
Several of my 'Doors' are from Parrsboro, NS,Canada BOM1SO

3/12/2008  

Post a Comment

<< Home