Saturday, May 04, 2019

The Water King

Just found this old watercolor which I did back in 1975 of one of the sailors in my ship (USS Saratoga CV-60) - as I recall his name was Schneider? He was the ship's water king.  The water king is the ship's sailor responsible for monitoring the production, storage, and use of potable and feed water.

These "cracker jacks" uniforms were on their way out, as the Navy made the disastrous decision to uniform all sailors in "officer" uniforms. The cracker jacks came back in the mid 80s as the Navy returned to their traditional uniforms.

This watercolor is up for auction here.

The Water King (USS Saratoga) by F. Lennox Campello, c. 1975