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.
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Labels: Daily Painters, Landscape, Maine, Oil on Panel, Portland Harbor, Seascape, WWII