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The largest cruise ship to dock in Portland Maine made her way past Portland Headlight this morning. My friend, the director of Cruise Maine USA, commissioned me to capture its maiden voyage to Portland Harbor. The ship sits 200 feet above sea level, with Portland Headlight's height capping out at 100 feet. Whereas the ship had never come to port, I had to use my imagination to capture her arrival on canvas.
I was fortunate to watch the ship's arrival at dawn this morning. The sunrise was amazing! Orange and bright...a perfect Maine summer morning! This photo is quite grainy, but it captures the essence of the passage.
Here she is heading toward the Ocean Gateway terminal, with Fort Gorges on the horizon.
One more view...this from 310 feet above water. The North Star viewing pod was a real hilight of the day. Our tour graciously included a trip high above the city. This photo looks back toward Portland Headlight. It was such a special day: touring the ship, meeting the Captain, Hotel Manager, Cruise Director, and all the staff members. I am truly blessed to be able to share my artwork in this way.