Ship’s Log circa 1700’s

Log Books circa 1700’s

I came across an article while reading the September 29th issue of Barron’s, the Dow Jones Business and Financial Weekly. It was actually in their “Our Gadget of the week:’ article. However it wasn’t about a “gadget” but more about a process. A process that is being taken to digitize the log-books of ancient sailors. Barron’s quoted a selection from the log-book from the HMS Bounty dated April 28, 1789. The selection is just one of 163 British naval records of voyages that were undertaken between 1757 and 1861. As you may have guessed that since these are British records these digitized records are available on-line through the website of the These particular log-books can be downloaded for a modest fee.

These British log-books are not the only digitized records available for viewing and downloading from this archive website. They also provide information on census records, UFO records, and looted art from World War II, migration and much more. From reviewing the website in order to have full access it does appear that you will need to register with the website.

There is another website that was mentioned in the Barron’s article that is closer to home that deals with ship’s logs and also anything else related to the sea. They also have available in digitized format most anything related to the sea. This website is The website is in conjunction with the Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea. This website provides for ship registrations, yacht registrations, rudder designs, and image archives. Getting back to log-books the Mystic Seaport has over 1,300 logbooks, 300 collections, and 800+ volumes from 1720 to the present. An example of a log-book, is a journal of the Francis Allyn (Schooner) by Master, Fuller, Joseph J. from Aug. 2, 1887 to July 10, 1888. This document you can actually read on-line.

This brings us to the point that all this great information about the lives and conditions that these sailors experienced can now be read and seen in their own hand writing. That is why it is so important that these logs and old books in general be preserved.

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Federation of Canadian Artist

Federation of Canadian Artist

Who are they and what are they all about?

First, we can answer that parts of the question of what are they all about by looking at their mission statement.

It reads;

“The mission of the FCA is to advance the knowledge and appreciation of art and culture to all Canadians, offering education, exhibition and communication in the Visual Arts, and to support and promote emerging to professional member artists.”

Any organization that helps to promote the amateur artist to achieve their goal of being recognized is a great achievement. If this recognition then helps turn the artist into a professional artist then the organization has achieved their mission.

“The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) was founded in 1941 by a group of Canadian artists, including the Group of Seven luminary, Lawren Harris. The FCA continues to operate as a registered not for profit society with members throughout the world and Chapters in Western Canada. The FCA is dedicated to raising artistic standards by stimulating participants to greater heights of knowledge and achievement by offering what is believed to be the first completely artists sponsored gallery in Canada. The Federation Gallery is located on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, featuring bi-monthly juried exhibitions of works by emerging and Signature members as well as two juried international shows held annually, Painting on the Edge and AIRS. The FCA also holds special collaborative shows with other art societies. An extensive education program which is open to non-members as well as members, offering workshops, classes, critiques and lectures in the fine arts media, with instruction by successful established artists who can help all artists to explore and develop their artistic interest and talent. Membership in the FCA is open to all who appreciate art.”

Michael Peak, Yoho acrylics on canvas 30" x 30" by Rene Thibault

Michael Peak, Yoho
acrylics on canvas
30″ x 30″
by Rene Thibault

To help the artist receive exposure and be notice the Federation of Canadian Artist provides an artist gallery on their web site for anyone to view. Along with this gallery they also provide the opportunity for each artist to have a link to their own web page. Both of these will provide you the viewer the pleasure of seeing their art work and learning more about the individual artist. So just don’t browse the art gallery take some time to visit each of their individual web sites I’m sure will not be disappointed.

In the Federations Current Exhibition they have to venues to choose from; On Line Commercial Gallery and Stafford Plant Collection. As one would surmise the On Line Commercial Gallery is a collection of works that are for sale by selected artist. The other is a collection of works by Stafford Plant.

The Keyhole

The Keyhole
Mixed Media
by Diane Eason

For those of you who are interested in purchasing a piece of art work from the FCA the price ranges from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. This means there is a piece of art for everyone’s budget.

Happy shopping!

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David Plowden’s Iowa

Coming to Iowa’s Blanden Memorial Art Museum is a photographic exhibit by David Plowden who is considered one of America’s best known documentary photographers. His images are held in private collections as well as many museums. His images have also graced the pages of 21 published books and many leading periodicals. David Plowden has been visiting Iowa for over fifty years photographing its landscape and architecture.

David Plowden Image

David Plowden Image

How many of us can say that we have even paid attention to our surroundings for even a fraction of that time. When was the last time you took a camera and walked around your own town taking photographs of its architecture? Now, you all probably thinking there is nothing unique or magical about where I live but I’ll bet if you really look you might be surprised. So, take the challenge and do it.

As for David Plowden’s photographs they will be on display at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

August 30, 2014—December 31, 2014

David Plowden’s Iowa

A traveling exhibition sponsored by Humanities Iowa

“Humanities Iowa is proud to announce the release of David Plowden’s Iowa; a capstone collection of Iowa photography from an American master. Proclaimed “an American treasure” by historian David McCullough, David Plowden has produced 20 books of photos and won many prestigious awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967. His latest collection is curated from over four decades photographing our state, and offers a view of Iowa that is nostalgic yet timeless. David Plowden’s Iowa contains over 70 pages of photographs, along with an introductory essay by Rima Girnius, PhD, that masterfully interprets Plowden’s Iowa photos and places them firmly within the context of his illustrious career. This book also includes a short biography as well as a conversation with Plowden about his work.”*

David Plowden Image

David Plowden Image

Since December 2011 a traveling exhibition of photographs from David Plowden’s Iowa has been on display throughout the state. “ In this exhibition, Plowden’s photographs entice the viewer to get a “sense of” what life was, or still is, like in rural Iowa. He does not define Iowa or its inhabitants for his audience; instead, Plowden’s photographs rely on the viewer’s interpretation.”* David Plowden’s photographs are on display at the following venues through 2014.

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