S.S. Daniel J. Morrell

Michael Stewart's avatar Michael Stewart

The S.S. Daniel J. Morrell, a 603 foot Great Lakes Freighter broke in half during a tremendous storm on Lake Huron, November 29, 1966, taking with it 28 of the 29 crewmembers. Making the last run of the sailing season the Morrell became caught in winds exceeding 80 mph, and swells that reached heights of 30 feet. At 2:15 am the ship broke in half. The crew on the forward end climbed onto a raft out on deck and waited for the forward half of the broken ship to sink. The men on the raft stared in silent disbelief at their shipmates stranded on the aft section as the two broken ship halves moved away from each other into Lake Huron's stormy abyss. In my painting of the event I have tried to capture the total hopelessness of the situation as each crewmember becomes aware of the destruction about to take them into eternity. With paint and brush I have tried to capture the event in hopes of allowing each viewer of my painting a chance to experience the emotions and final thoughts of crewmembers during their last horrific moments.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Width: 32 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 28 inches