I painted this scene from view looking out at the main shipping channel of the St. Lawrence River. It can be surprising how close the ships actually are to shore at times. This vessel barely hides behind the island. The bright white wheelhouse contrasts beautifully with the reddish hull. Those that have this view can hear the ship before they see it, I imagine its quite the sight to have the ships pass at night. I have experienced ships passing close as I slept and the rumble from the engine and propeller can be felt thought the bed. Its not much different than living near a railroad track accept the ships do plow the whistle every time they come to a crossing. They will blow the horn is another ship is approaching to signal the intent to pass either port to port or starboard to starboard but one blast or two.