Sea Master 14 Magnus Solo by Robert Kline
This beautiful Sea Master illustration is from a collection of Sea Maidens (mermaids), Sea Babies (mermaid babies), Sea Masters (merman), pirates and fairies created by renowned artist and novelist Robert Kline of St. Augustine, Florida. The illustrations are from Robert’s novel The Forgotten Voyage of H.M.S. Baci in which the Sea Captain, Sir Edmund Roberts describes in his log, his various Sea Maiden, Sea Baby and Sea Master sightings. The following is the excerpt for this illustration:
On to New Holland (Australia) the good Bacis journeyed, making a nice landfall after pleasant sailing. They anchored in Sydney Cove and were delighted to be away from the pirates under the protective arm of the British Empire once more. The town was clean, the warehouses full, offering the naturalist opportunities to not only explore, but also fins new contraptions for his quest.
In the week that followed he perused cockatoos and the great jumping beast, the kangaroo, and in neither was he disappointed. Additionally, Captain Constance Fitzwille and Gnarly Dan were astounded and beguiled by both, the old salt slapping his knee with each long bound of the kangaroo while Constance Daphne was much taken with the baby she spied tucked in the kangaroos mother’s pouch.
Sir Edmund explored the waters inside the great reef, disappointed to find they were not teeming with Sea Maidens as he had hoped. Gnarly Dan lamented, “Should be pools of ‘em in every distant patch ‘a sea. I don’ understand why we ain’t seen none here. They’s disappearing’ afore our eyes. Why, it won’t be long an’ all the young gobs ‘ll have is our stories and His Honor’s painted pictures! See if they don’ start sayin’ we made em’ up!”
Sir Edmund was nonplussed. “Fear not!” he assured the old salt; they are documented, described and cataloged! There breaths not one learned man with the temerity to doubt our discoveries!” Your Sea Maiden is as common and soon to be as firmly established by the scientific community as the dodo and America’s famed passenger pigeon. Poppycock to believe otherwise.”
But it was obvious Gnarly Dan was not convinced. “An’ you’d have a reason why we ain’t seen none, Squire?”
As luck would have it, Michelangelo, the sailor who shared the diving bell with them spied a Sea Master drifting into view. “One bird don’t mean it’s summer,” Gnarly Dan muttered while Sir Edmund touched his chin and whispered, “A handsome specimen; that much is certain, yet there is something unsettlingly familiar about him. I cannot place it, but I’m sure I’ve seen that lad before.”
Sir Edmund’s journal alluded to the mystery:
Wonderful island! Saw kangaroo and cockatoo (appears to be a penchant for oo’s by the locals!) Though our 14th Sea Master sighting would no doubt have prompted at least one more “oo” by our fair Captain, Constance Daphne. (For the life of me the Sea Master is hauntingly familiar.)
Handsome. Statuesque. Well developed. Curly hair.
October 17, 1835
Sighted at New Holland inside the Great Barrier Reef
This illustration is available for purchase in the following matted sizes: 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, 11″ x 14″ and an 11″ x 17″ that comes unmatted on a piece of 1/4″ foam board.