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Painting at the Algiers Base
Painting at the Algiers Base

FOUR ARMED GUARD MEN PAINT NAVY SCENE
 
A realistic and colorful oil painting depicted an Armed Guard Crew manning a 20 MM gun aboard a Liberty ship hangs in the forward end of the Armed Guard Gunnery School in Building 10.
 
The mural represents a month's work of four Armed Guard men, all of whom have seen duty aboard ships.
 
Chief artist of the work was Edward Bornoski, Sic, who has drawn several covers for The Pelican.  He was assisted by Richard Lowe, GM2c, George Flynn, GM3c, and Alexander Farnham, Sic.  Farnham also has done artwork for the The Pelican.

Painted while on the Moultrie
Painted while on the Moultrie

PASTEL CHALK PAINTING
 
The portrait of the baby was drawn in 1942 by Richard Lowe with chalk pastels aboard the S. S. William Moultrie while out at sea for months.  I was headed for Murmansk, Russia to run the German blockard.  At one of the ports that we stopped at, I was given the pastels by a Red Cross worker.  I cut a piece of canvas to use from a old larger tarp that covered some life boats aboard ship.
 
I was inspired to draw a portrait of a baby after seeing a picture of the Gerber baby in an advertisement in a magazine aboard ship.  You had to find something to do due to the length of time you were out at sea before you saw action.

The Federal Government is in the process of closing the Algiers Armed Guard Naval Base in New Orleans, Louisiana.  I have tried to locate the mural, but with no success after the passing of 65 years.
 
The pastel chalk portrait of the baby now hangs in Margaret Lowe's home, his youngest daughter. 

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