Sugar Boats

The sugar boats. Drawings inspired by images on sugar packs.

     Sugar-packs_web      Scooner-1_web Scooner-2_web sailboat-2_web Graphite on Bristol board, 8″x10″The small sugar packs were discovered at a coffee shop in Minnesota some years ago. I was attracted to them as a really nifty image and short story that was momentarily entertaining. Actually I am still entertained by them. Instead of using them I collected them. Originally there was a dozen, but someone at home one time used them not knowing I was collecting them. They discarded the paper packets and I have never seen all but four of these little treasures again. I stumbled upon them a few years back and decided to act on them. I do have one more to do, and lost one that I have done. I started rendering my version of how I felt when I saw them. I did not match the images exactly, just acted on their inspiration. It did occur to me that I like doing ship and boat pictures, and so do many others. What struck me as strange is why a sugar company felt compelled to place both image and information about sailing vessels on a sugar pack.

Sugar schooners

First commercial load of sugar

Upon research I discovered that when these schooners were built in the latter half of the nineteenth century, they were actually built to carry sugar, and were actually called sugar boats. There were bean boats and coffee boats as well. The sugar industry was a huge growing industry and was opening up the south pacific.



10 thoughts on “Sugar Boats

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

    I wonder why they put them on the sugar too…
    and as you did I would have and I have collected sugar packets LOLs
    mine have all disappeared….they had flowers on them…
    again…I love your renditions of the ships…
    Take Care…

    1. eightdecades Post author

      Thank you for commenting. They put them on the sugar packs because it was a sugar company that made the packs, and it was in their history that the boats were built. I am now researching this as it has intrigued me how the little sugar packets came into my life. Things do that and so do people, it is worth noticing each days things that touch us.

      1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

        that is too logical! I wanted romance, intrigue LOLs.
        actually I feel like I have heard that before…and a restaurant called the Ritz Cafe outside Radcliff Kentucky popped in my mind…I wonder if thats where the floral sugar packets were, or maybe it was sugar cane? I drove my family crazy growing up, I collected things like sugar packets..stones, pinecones..or my favorite was the real prizes in Cracker Jacks ( telling my age there LOLs) they were perfect miniatures.of things in life not the rub on tattoo’s like now…what ever caught my attention…I took home…I am happily passing that on to my grandchildren !

        and you are very Welcome..My Pleasure…

  2. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

    you are amazing….your art feels like it is breathing to me
    and if I wanted to I could step into and begin a voyage across the ocean…
    Beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe the depth of your art…

    I read an article today about a ship called the “MaryRose” it sank in 1545 ( I think)
    I knew it existed but to read more than what I knew was so cool!…
    and here you have drawn wonderful ships from long ago…

    Thank you….I had hoped you would be back soon! and you are….
    Take Care…


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