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If there's one bird above all that would have me and others leaning on the stern rail of whatever ship I was on to watch it's the Albatross, a great ship follower, if a bit comical touching down, nothing is more graceful. 

The Captain Reincarnated

If there's one bird above all that would have me and others leaning on the stern rail of whatever ship I was on to watch it's the Albatross, a great ship follower, if a bit comical touching down, nothing is more graceful. 
Sea lore has it that each sailor who dies at sea will return reincarnated as one whatever else happens after. 
The painting here is called 'The captain reincarnated' it depicts the return of a dead Captain who has returned to his ship at sea, obsessed with it's progress, which is perilous given the trade it is plying. 
Those that would know will recognize the house flag she flies as that of the infamous Jardine Matheson line. They were in the India to China opium trade big time. The small but very fast ship here is a two mast schooner, fast and  low masted, a good combination because pirates and authorities alike wanted that cargo. This was the very kind of vessel that won the first Americas cup!
This company also possessed the only square rigged ship in that trade, the China based Falcon .

The clipper era historian and author Basil Lubbock wrote a book called The Opium Clippers, it gives you a detailed knowledge of the title subject with all it's terrible dangers and rewards of basically being a drugs runner, but also a really good look at the British East India Company and it's shady ways, well worth reading. The whereabouts of this Albatross painting has become unknown, it sold had been to the late Eddy Riley, a cheery character who was a fellow ex soldier and merchant seaman.

Also a  good night greeting

and Good Evening Greeting

 

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