Elton Bennett, a native of the Northwest, had a feel for the coastline that in my opinion, no one else has succeeded in capturing, before or since. The figures are closer up than almost all of his The ship in the picture is one referred to as the 'Columbia River gilnetters,' or 'The Butterfly Fleet.' This tiny boat when sails were up, evidently resembled a butterfly. It must have been quite lovely. However they were in existence for only a few short years due to their extreme lack of seaworthiness. As with so many things what were its great assets- it was quite light and could be manned by only one person - became it's worst drawbacks, and these small boats were responsible for a great many deaths at sea. They were in use in the Seattle area for a brief time also.
This silkscreenprint has a moodiness characteristic of some of Bennett's works, offset by the bright red brushwork on the one jacket. Also present is his inimitable addition of the fog or mist in the middle ground.
The print is in mint condition and comes in many color variations.