Saturday, November 28, 2015

Nautical Online Stores

This article includes brief overviews of online stores that offer nautical themed artwork, collectibles, and other products.

Chesapeake Bay News has an online store with seafood, apparel, books, posters, gifts, and more.

A wide range of outdoor-related gear including apparel, collectibles, stickers, calendars, books, and other merchandise is available at Mid Atlantic Fishing online store.

The online store at, includes a Print Products section with nautical themed gift wrapping paper, calendars, notecards, and other items.

Another resource is the fish poster store at

For seashell enthusiasts, offers a shell art poster store

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Marine Mammal Artwork

For centuries, marine mammal artwork has been one of the most popular forms of nautical art. Great whales are often seen in nautical works. Whale art includes scrimshaw and other carvings, line drawings, illustrations, photography, and much more.

Below are a few samples of whale artwork:

Monday, September 7, 2015

2015 Working Waterfront Festival Nautical Tattoo Contest

2015 Working Waterfront Festival
September 26-27, 2015
Hours: Saturday 11-6, Sunday 11-5
New Bedford Waterfront (Pier 3, State Pier, Steamship Pier)
New Bedford , MA

The 2015 Working Waterfront Festival, an annual celebration of commercial fishing culture, will debut a nautical tattoo contest.  The contest will take place on the Festival’s Contest Stage, Sunday, September 27th at 1:30PM.

"For sailors, tattoos are more than skin-deep; they penetrate their bones and anchor their souls. Belief in the power of tattoos has fortified them against dangers at sea for centuries. Tattoos remind them of the fraternity of seafarers and their connection to both land and water." (Excerpt from the exhibition catalog, Skin & Bones – Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor, 2009, Independence Seaport Museum).

Contestants will be judged on the artistry of their tattoo, their stage presence, and the story they tell. Pre-registration is advised.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

National Lighthouse Day

On August 7, 1789, Congress passed an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers.

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the first federal lighthouse, Congress designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day.

This recognition has encouraged communities and citizens groups to dedicate themselves to the preservation of these historic structures.

Source: NPS

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Stellwagen at Twenty Lecture Series

Maritime Gloucester will host a series of lectures on "Stellwagen at Twenty" to showcase the natural, maritime and human history of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Beginning Thursday, March 22nd, and for the following five Thursdays, experts will present new data, rarely seen underwater footage and stunning photography on topics ranging from the large number of shipwrecks that dot the Sanctuary to the whales, fish and birds that inhabit it.

The "Stellwagen at Twenty" lecture series runs Thursday evenings from 7 – 8:30 pm at Maritime Gloucester at 23 Harbor Loop in Gloucester.

source: NOAA FishNews

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Themed Artwork

storm damage

Late summer and fall is hurricane season for the Caribbean, Central America, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast of North America.

Although hurricanes and other storms are unwelcome visitors, there is no denying their strength, beauty and mystique.For nautical artists, hurricanes and other ocean storms are often a source of inspiration.

Hurricane-related artwork often includes coastal scenes, storm preparation, boats struggling in rough seas, fishing villages, harbor scenes, coastal architecture, lighthouses, rain squalls, flooding, storm damage and other scenes.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

USA Nautical Festivals

Summer is peak time for nautical festivals in the USA. Along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts, festivals celebrate fish and seafood, recreational fishing, power boating, kayaking, sailing, watersports, beaches, nautical art forms and other interests.

In most areas, seafood festivals are lined with artist's booths, craft vendors and other nautical art exhibits. Some artists will work in a single media or focus on a narrow niche, while others will offer a wide range of nautical gifts.

Visiting beach festivals is another excellent way to find nautical collectibles. Beach festivals usually have tents where vendors can set up booths to showcase their work.

Nautical festivals are usually tied to local traditions. In the Pacific Northwest, nautical shows might celebrate wild salmon or Dungeness crabs, while Mid Atlantic festivals often feature sailing art or boats of the Chesapeake Bay.