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Pirate with Mermaid Karen

Pirate with Mermaid art and story by Robert Kline

This is a matted 8" x 10" print (entire matted size) the RobertKlineArt.com is a watermark to protect the image, it will NOT be on the print you will receive. This item will ship via USPS 1st Class or Priority Mail.

This wonderful pirate with mermaid Karen art print and story comes from a collection of Sea Maidens (mermaids), Sea Babies (mermaid babies), Sea Masters (merman), pirates, lighthouses and fairies created by renowned artist and novelist Robert Kline of St. Augustine, Florida. The print is a lithograph reproduction of Robert’s original watercolor and pencil painting. Hand labeled and signed by Robert in pencil, all the prints come with a 1/4″ foam backing and the 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, 11″ x 14″ are matted so all you need is a frame and they are ready to hang on your wall! Each print also comes with an excerpt from Robert’s novel The Forgotten Voyage of H.M.S. Baci. A fantastic saga in which multiple generations of the Roberts’ family explore the seven seas in search of the world’s mermaid and merman population. Thus, you receive the passage from Robert’s novel describing the particular event in which the character(s) in the print were sighted. The following is the excerpt written for this print:

The pirate images came to me from an anonymous source on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. They arrived with no explanation other than a curt note berating me for not discovering them myself: “Well, Mr. I know everything about Sea Maidens, looks like you missed a few! HA!” Subsequent serious research has led me to the conclusion the picture of the pirate with the Sea Maiden on his shoulder depicts an episode in the Outer Banks history that has found its way into local lore:

It seems the parents of the young man pictured lost their lives in a sea battle with the pirate Blackbeard. Being short of hands the pirates spared the boy’s life and pressed him into his scurvy crew, threatening torture and death if he did not follow orders to the letter. The young man complies, learning the ways of the sea and of the “Brotherhood”. The lad matured and as luck would have it was unable to escape but was also fortunate in that he was never forced to take the life of anyone attacked by Blackbeard’s band. But his luck could not last forever…in a pitched battle off the North Carolina coast, Blackbeard’s fearsome lot having boarded a merchant vessel, a huge fellow from the attacked ship managed to leap past a dozen struggling men and place a knife to the throat of Blackbeard. Not a foot away and yet unnoticed the young pirate appeared, he the only one available to help his infamous captain. He raised the massive pistol he had carried all these years and got the drop on the fellow threading Blackbeard.

“Avast and fire,” Blackbeard whined, “an’ ya may save yer dear Captain! Fire lad, an send the low dog to ‘is maker afore he makes fish food a’ me!” The fellow with his dirk at Blackbeards neck turned. He was sure the young pirate would now discharge his weapon and end the standoff.

“Kill ‘im, boy! Blow the fool at smithereens,” Blackbeard whispered from the side of his mouth.
The youngster looked long and hard at the pirate. “Can’t,” was all he said. “Ya can’t? What does ya mean ya CAN’T? It’d be simple enough…pull the trigger, lad, just pull the trigger!“
The young pirate looked at his pistol as if he hadn’t thought of that before, “Just pull the trigger?” he asked and smiled.

“Blimey, lad, yer a might slow taday! PULL THE BLASTED TRIGGER!” As quickly as it had begun, it was over. “Okay,” the boy answered and did indeed pull the trigger. There was a ridiculously quiet click. The boy laughed as he dropped the pistol and stepped to the ship’s rail. Before he dove into the sea he added, “It was never loaded all these years!”

According to the legend, he swam to Ocracoke Island and lived in hiding. A year passed, and then another, until one afternoon after a violent storm he spied a Sea Maiden lying on the beach. He took her to his little home in a hidden lagoon and nursed her back to health. Love ensued and they spent the remainder of their lives together. He called her “Karen” after he spent so much time, as he said, “Carin’ for her.”

Though I cannot attest to the tale’s veracity, it seems possible. No less than sixteen natives of the island claim the story to be fact, the women delighting in the couple’s happiness and the men anxious to explain it was because she could not speak.

There are many more Sea Maidens (mermaids), Sea Babies, Pirates and Sea Masters prints available at: RobertKlineArt.com Different characters and print sizes.

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  • Handmade item
  • Primary color: Green
  • Secondary color: Red
  • Holiday: Independence Day
  • Occasion: Engagement
  • Height: 10 Inches
  • Width: 8 Inches
  • Materials: paper, mat, foam board, Ink, Imagination
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 273 reviews
  • Favorited by: 178 people