"I have always enjoyed painting the arrival and departure of vessels," says artist Christopher Blossom. "Regardless of the excitement or anticipation of the voyage to come, when setting out there is an underlying level of apprehension. The ocean can be unforgiving. With the satisfaction of a successfully completed trip, there is always a feeling of relief mixed with thoughts of homecoming." The artist captures a moment in the early 20th century as the fishing schooner Monitor slides quietly into Gloucester, Massachusetts' inner harbor in the late afternoon.