The marine paintings of Russ Kramer

"The Spectators, 1901"

By Russ Kramer

Oil on Canvas, 30" x 45"

Guests aboard a motor yacht have a front-row seat to watch COLUMBIA and  SHAMROCK II vie for the America’s Cup, 28 September, 1901. 

In those days, raucous spectator fleets would crowd the challengers; this captain is determined to keep his vessel ahead of the fray.

Russ Kramer writes: “Imagine what it must have been like to observe – up close –  these giant racing machines, under massive canvas, reaching full speed in a fresh breeze.  Held just outside New York Harbor, early America’s Cup contests would draw hundreds of spectator craft. What better way to watch the race than from a fast and fashionable motor yacht, under the vigilant command of a veteran captain, white glove service at your beck and call?”

This painting was featured in the 2007 Modern Marine Masters Exhibition at Mystic Seaport and is now in private collection.

The Spectators, 1901

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