I know little of the ocean. I am a prairie person born and bred. Though I have seen both the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, I have not lived near either. I cannot know the profound effect that the sea, and the nautical life it engenders, can have on a society or on an individual. It is a great drawback for a writer of books set in England, where the ocean has informed all the country's history.
|East Indiaman 'Warley' by Robert Salmon 1804|
|View of Liverpool from Cheshire|
|The first Mail Packet from Liverpool to Glasgow 1805|
|Old Bidston Lighthouse near Liverpool|
|Curious Rocks on the Coast of Scotland|
|Moonlight Coastal Scene|
|View of Greenock 1816|
|An armed merchant vessel passing the Custom House, Greenock on the Clyde|
|Neward Castle with a distant View of Port Glasgow|
|Land's End, Cornwall|
Robert Salmon left America in 1842 for Europe. A few works of Italian scenes have been discovered, but it is unknown if he returned to England. The date of his last known work is 1845. His death is thought to have occurred shortly after, but where and when is not clear. He was a solitary man to the end, but he left a great legacy. And I am grateful to have his work to educate me about the sea and its ways.
'Til next time,