The Good Ship Collatina(?)

This is a followup to last week’s post At The Water’s Edge. The boat that was moored in the previous photograph is now serenely sailing. The photographer John B. Capewell of Westville, NJ is not in this shot. He’s on the bank shooting this picture between 100 and 110 years ago.

Last week I guessed that they may be on the Big Timber Creek that connects with the Delaware River, but it’s a guess at best. There’s not enough detail in the background to definitively say where they are sailing.

The name of the boat is a guess, too.

If the camera I used was a higher resolution, it would probably be easier to make out the letters. It looks like Collatina which an internet search revealed was the goddess of the hills in Roman mythology.

Here is the whole 7″ by 5″ glass negative:
Collatina

The sailors

As with all of the photographs in the Capewell Collection, I placed the 5″ x 7″ glass negative on a lightbox and shot them with a digital camera locked down on a tripod. The “processing” was done digitally on a Mac using Adobe Photoshop.

The Capewell Glass Negative Collection

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4 Responses to The Good Ship Collatina(?)

  1. Foust says:

    Love the dog. He’s a retrospective kind of sailor–prefers to contemplate where he’s been.

  2. Joe Williams says:

    Thanks and thanks for including the link to your website!

    Just click on Foust, folks!

  3. Jerseyman says:

    You have provided access to a number of wonderful images in the Capewell Collection, but this one is the best to-date. A terrific view of the small craft that once navigated Big Timber Creek. I am particularly fascinated with the background, dotted with several farmhouses. If you are interested, I would love to scan this one for you with at a high-resolution scanner featuring a transparency adapter especially made for scanning negatives. Feel free to contact me if you.

    Best regards,
    Jerseyman

  4. Joe Williams says:

    I’m not exactly sure if this is Big Timber Creek. I’m hoping that somebody sees something in the shots that they can identify.

    I think I’ve posted a couple of dozen images from the collection. The lion’s share remains so stay tuned!

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