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Great Encouragement for Seamen

Artist: Unknown
Title: Great Encouragement for Seamen
Medium: Wood plaque
Size: 15.5 in. x 11.5 in. (39.37 cm x 29.21 cm)
Price: $500

Back in 1777, Captain John Paul-Jones placed the above advertisement in the New Hampshire Gazette in an effort to recruit sailors for “The Ship Ranger.” Seems that the fledgling US Navy was experience recruiting challenges much in the same way that the world’s merchant fleet is experiencing today, but that’s a story for another post.

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