USS Constellation on Patrol
The Constellation was one of the first ships of the new U.S. Navy. Built in 1797 in Baltimore, she carried 38 cannons and about 340 men. She defeated a French frigate during the Quasi-War with France in 1799.
The CSS Shenandoah was a Confederate raider, whose job was to sink or capture Union merchant vessels. Shenandoah has the distinction of firing the last shots of the Civil War, since she fired them long after the war’s end. Her captain had learned about the war’ end about ten weeks after it ended, but he chose to continue his depredations until he learned for sure that the war was over.
This painting is one of seven paintings that Patrick has been commissioned to paint for ExxonMobil. The paintings depict newly built supertankers, and were given as gifts to the captains and crews of the ships. These paintings are probably Patrick's best traveled artwork, since they are hanging in the captain's quarters onboard the vessels
The Great White Fleet
winner of the
Museum Purchase Award
at the Mystic Seaport Museum
When President Theodore Roosevelt sought to demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s capabilities and America’s growing military power, he sent a fleet of sixteen battleships, along with various escorts, on an around the world cruise. This became known as the Great White Fleet. The painting depicts the fleet passing through the Straits of Magellan.
This painting was commissioned by a client whose grandfather had served on the vessel during WWII.
Star of the Morning
A quiet morning on the Hudson River. A topsail-schooner, becalmed, awaits a lone visitor.
USRC Bear in the Arctic
The USRC Bear was probably the most famous ship of the US Coast Guard. She had a long and varied career serving in the upper latitudes. In 1909 she assisted in the relief after the big earthquake in San Francisco. (USRC stands for United States Revenue Cutter.)
The Wooden Walls of England
England was the world’s only superpower in the 18th century, projecting its might around the globe with its vast numbers of wooden warships. England’s men-of-war also functioned as the country’s defense, collectively forming “the wooden walls of England” around the island nation.
A Freindly Race
This painting depicts a little known event in the long career of the USS Constitution. While stationed in the Caribbean in 1799, a ship was sighted which turned out to be a British frigate. This was a time of peace between England and America. The English captain, who turned out to be an acquaintance of the American captain, came on board. He expressed great admiration for the ship, but declared that his own ship was faster. He offered to bet a cask of Madeira on a trial of speed. The two commanders dined together and arranged the conditions of the race for the following day. The contest began at dawn upon the firing of a gun. All day long the two ships raced, until at the end of the day the British ship was left far behind. Just after dark, the English captain was rowed over to the American ship, a large cask of Madeira in the boat with him.