|"Capt. Matt Peasley", 7.5" x 11"|
A few years ago when was in Coupeville on Whidbey Island for the day, I was excited to see the tallship "Hawaiian Chieftain", sister ship of the "Lady Washington", docked on the wharf. Bobbing in the water close-by was the longboat, "Capt. Matt Peasley". Capt. Matt is a full-scale museum quality 18th-century reproduction vessel built by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority.
I snapped a photo and had been eagerly waiting to paint it. From my childhood in California growing up on sailboats and perhaps too some DNA from a New England naval sea captain on my family tree, I have a real love of boats and all things nautical. And this boat just needed to be painted!
"Capt. Matt Peasley" got it's name from a fictional character from the "Cappy Ricks" books first published 100 years ago. The fictional character had a real life counterpart - Captain Ralph Peasely who apparently was quite a famous and popular man in his day! Click here to read an entertaining 1930 newspaper article about Captain Ralph Peasley, and if you are interested in learning more about "Capt. Matt Peasley" the longboat, go to the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority website. It's worth a visit!