I was honored when asked to create the official painting for OpSail that took place in Norfolk, Virginia from June 1-12, 2012. During this historic occasion the Port of Virginia was once again host to a most impressive fleet of tall ships, Naval and military warships, educational and research vessels from 15 nations. OpSail promotes goodwill among nations, inspires patriotism and fosters interest in American maritime history and heritage, while creating unique educational opportunities for all ages and bringing economic and social benefit to our communities. My wife Kathy and I enjoyed all the festivities of this grand event. Following are a few photos from OpSail Virginia. JMB
My painting "Our Flag Was Still There".
The USS WASP [LHD 1] at her berth awaiting guests to board. She later steamed out into Hampton Roads and was a mgnificent way to view the Parade of Sail.
Kathy and John on the flight deck of the WASP.
The Parade of Sail was lead by our USS EAGLE, the U.S. Coast Guard sail training vessel.
Tall ships such as the PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II, USA, sailed past the WASP and fired a "salute" from her starboard gun.
Magnificent ships such as the DEWARUCI from Indonesia, sail past with crew at their stations on the yards.
Friends such as Chip Forbes, President of C. Forbes, Inc., of Richmond, Virginia was aboard. He created custom, commemorative medallions for OpSail 2012 Virginia.
Kathy, lost in the bowels of the WASP.
The KALMAR NYCKEL, USA, passing by in the Parade in Hampton Roads.
Lena and Benji Cantera were aboard the WASP watching husband and Dad Captain David Cantera at the helm of the family’s Buyboat MURIEL EILEEN during the Parade.
A delicious breakfast and lunch were served on the Equipment Deck by the WASP'S staff.
The WASP'S band entertained the guests with patriotic tunes.
PICTON CASTLE from the Cook Islands.
The AMERICAN ROVER, USA
The BOUNTY, USA
John and Kathy Barber with longtime friends Lena and David Cantera. The Canteras are owners of the MURIEL EILEEN, Chesapeake Bay Buyboat which participated in the Parade of Sail.
Lighted ships in the Norfolk Harbor viewed from our hotel room.