The Virginia

The Virginia by artist William R. Beebe
The Virginia by artist William R. Beebe
The Virginia by artist William R. Beebe
The Virginia by artist William R. Beebe

The Virginia

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Image size 12 x 16, Edition of 300, paper giclee, $125
Image size 21 x 28, Edition of 150, paper giclée, $350
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This painting, The Virginia,depicts the schooner Virginia with The Bluenose II off her bow, The Pride of Baltimore II off her stern, and the three-masted schooner The Victory Chimes on the far right.  It is a gathering of present day vessels sailing on the Chesapeake Bay heading for Norfolk.  The Virginia, The Pride of Baltimore II and the Bluenose II, all replicas of historic wooden ships, represent their states of Virginia, Maryland and their country of Canada respectively. They sail around the world representing our maritime heritage as ambassadors of goodwill.  They have as part of their mission youth training on seamanship and character building.

The Virginia, which was commissioned in 2005, is a 122 foot pilot schooner owned and operated by the Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation.  She is a replica of the 1917 Virginia which was one of the last great pilot schooners used to ferry captains to and from ships entering and exiting the ports of Virginia.  The present day Virginia has already been recognized for her beauty and speed, having won the 2007 Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.

This commissioned painting is about preserving the legacy of these beautiful sailing ships that have played such a significant role in our maritime history.