SEA­FAR­ING ARTIST

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The MV Jessie Cull was built in 1939 and was pur­chased by Ted Drover, who reg­is­tered the ves­sel in 1943 in St. John’s, New­found­land. Drover and a friend re­fit­ted the forty-seven-foot-long ves­sel for use as a char­ter boat. It was op­er­ated for al­most two decades and, like other sim­i­lar ves­sels, pro­vided an es­sen­tial ser­vice to com­mu­ni­ties on the coast of New­found­land and Labrador. But Drover was also a trained artist who stud­ied at the On­tario Col­lege of Art, in­clud­ing un­der Group of Seven mem­ber J.E.H. Mac­Don­ald. Drover, who died in 1980, had a great love for the sea and planned to pub­lish a book about “seago­ing crafts en­gaged in the fish­ery and gen­eral com­merce of the is­land of New­found­land and Labrador from about 1850 to 1950.” The new book Ted Drover: Ships Artist (Flanker Press, 208 pages, $21.95), by his daugh­ter-in-law, Sheilah Mack­in­non Drover, presents dozens of Drover’s char­coal draw­ings along with the sto­ries of the ves­sels he por­trayed.

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