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Watson and the Shark

Conflating Havana and Boston Harbor

By: - Apr 20, 2016

Watson

Watson and the Shark

Sailing for London
Cusp of war
John Singleton Copley
Boston's portrait artist
Never to return
Struck acquaintance
Fellow traveler
Peg legged
Scoundrel and spy
Brook Watson
No friend of
American Revolution
Related tale
Leg chomped off
Reduced to stump
Young lad
Swimming nude
Havana Harbor
Painted three versions
Boston, D.C., Detroit
Caused a sensation
Here reconfigured
Not far away Cuba
Morphed to
Artist's home
Boston during
Tall Ships
Square riggers
Evoking
How blood
Soaked the sea
Desperation
High drama
Vividly depicted
Shark attack
Long before
Jaws