Horne-Kaplan-Safe Passage, New Worlds

Denise Horne-Kaplan


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Safe Passage, New Worlds is an original watercolor painting by  Denise Horne-Kaplan.  The art measures 5 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ with the  frame measuring  7″ x  5″,  frame included.


Many Pirate ships came to North Carolina's coast in the late 1600's and 1700's, in particular Ocracoke Island part of the Outer Banks. At the bow of every pirate's ship is a carved figurehead. This ornately carved figurehead of a beautiful woman, arm held high, a small dove taking wing from her outstretched hand is one that is famous and most recognizable. However, it is in fact fictitious, made for the Hollywood version of The Black Pearl in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Blackbeard did visit and was welcomed in Ocracoke, but greatly feared in South Carolina.  I imagine that the story of this figurehead might be that the beautiful woman was to calm the seas and the dove was a hopeful symbol of peace and safe passage to the New World. 


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