Image size: 11 inches high x 15 inches wide. Signed and numbered by artist.
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"Congratulations on a wonderful historic action painting of USS Indianapolis rescue mission. When I first saw it, my heart leaped, and I could literally hear the groans of the men in the water and their cries for help. My eyes teared up and I swallowed hard to gain composure. My wife sensed my emotional state immediately and offered me a tissue. With the painting before me I was transposed to the rescue site on an early morning in August 1945. Whatever else is out there representing the tragedy pales in the sight of this work. You are to be congratulated on this outstanding scene.
The sky and the masthead light, as well as the cargo light on the fantail of the ship and running lights are realistic as I can recall. The floater net, the survivors with the water level at their chins, the shark on his search for a lone sailor, and the battle lantern on my next recovery say it all. It is a composite painting in that one of the USS Bassett crew is swimming to aid a survivor. A Bassett shipmate is pointing out to one about to drown because he can't untie his water drenched life vest. The Bassett had three LCVP's in action and are conveyed by one unloading survivors at the cargo net, one enroute to the ship and one pulling them from the water.
A wounded survivor is on top of the floater net and the mate, high in the water has changed his lifejacket for a more buoyant one. Those whose life jackets have lost their buoyancy are lying on their backs to keep the salt water from tempting them to drink. One survivor has tied his life jacket cords to the floater net so he won't drift away and become shark bait. If not rescued soon he will succumb to a watery death. The size of the waves is nicely depicted as I wrote in my book I had to use the rising wave power to help me lift the survivor aboard.
Mark, you have captured the scene and this work should sell well. Thank you for making it available for my new book "We Were There". L. PETER WREN
"I found your site when I was searching on the Internet for the USS Bassett.......my father was on the ship when they picked up the Indianapolis survivors....I was very impressed with the painting - TWILIGHT OF PERSVERANCE (USS Indianapolis rescue, 1945 AD)" R. REESE
Dedicated to the crew of U.S.S. Indaianapolis CA35 and U.S.S. Bassett APD73 With special thanks to USS Bassett veteran Peter Wren.
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