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The Duel Off Davis Ledge, 1892, Shadow box, 1986; Erik Ronnberg, Jr. (b. 1944); Rockport, Massachusetts; Wood, paint; 28 3/8 x 50 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.; Collection of Cape Ann Museum; Photography by Jason Dowdle
The Duel Off Davis Ledge, 1892, Shadow box, 1986
Erik Ronnberg, Jr. (b. 1944)
Rockport, Massachusetts
Wood, paint
28 3/8 x 50 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.
Collection of Cape Ann Museum
Photography by Jason Dowdle
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Erik Ronnberg, Jr.
Rockport, MA
"There is an element of narrative in American ship models; They tell stories." Erik Ronnberg, Jr.

This shadowbox depicts the Fisherman's Race for the Hovey Cup held on August 26, 1892. On a chilly day with heavy winds and lashing rain, the triangular course of forty-one miles started from Eastern Point to Marblehead, then Davis Ledge outside Boston Harbor, and finally back to Gloucester. Erik worked with his father, Erik Ronnberg, Sr. on this shadowbox. They sought to convey a sense of motion in the scene, "These schooners are in the process of rounding the race mark at Minot's Light. I didn't want to give the illusion that the Joseph L. Rowe was about to sail right off the edge of the shadowbox. Her jibs are luffing, which to a sailor signals that she is getting ready to come about." The Belden was victorious, while the Bohlin took second place.
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