Rare Portrait of a US lightship Tender, Circa 1898, by Charles Axel Alexius Modeer ( 1877 – ? ) who served on various lightship tenders in the early 20th century, and eventually captained one for over 20 years.
The tender shown in this portrait is the “Mangrove” ( see life ring on bridge rail ). The Mangrove was the ship that hosted the US Navy inquiry into the sinking of the USS Maine while anchored in Havana Harbor.
Portrait is ink, graphite and watercolor, signed lower right, “Drawn by Chas. A. A. Modeer”.