Sailing Across the Ocean Blue

Long before there were supersonic planes, the primarily mode of transportation for getting from one faraway place to another were ships like the one depicted here. This two-masted sailing ship drawing is from a vintage children’s book. The author, Elmer Boyd Smith (1860-1943) illustrated his own story book – The Seashore Book.

While it is not as large an image as I would hope for, it is colored nicely in soft blue, brown and white tones. It was one of those books where the picture was printed on a separate piece of paper and then affixed to a fabric cover. The corners are in great shape but the paper itself is showing its age with quite a bit of discoloration around the edges. If you do not want such a grungy-looking image it seems like you could either crop it further or try using the color picker and paint bucket.

I have heard from several fans of Reusable Art that sometimes they would rather have the images in their raw form so that they can do their own creative editing. I thought this image might be a good one to leave untouched.

The two-masted ship in this drawing is sailing across the ocean blue on fairly rough seas. The ship doesn’t look as if it is in trouble but it would probably make for a fairly bumpy ride. The ship has portholes or windows around the entire perimeter as if it is wearing a pearl necklace from one of the exotic locales it may have traveled to.

Hope you find this vintage sailing ship image useful.

Sailing Across the Ocean Blue

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.