“Intense searching for uncommon birds can be exhausting. No surprise, then, that one morning in Lima, while idling between field trips looking for curassows and their relations, I thought of a new and different theme. I have been impressed since long ago by objects connected with seafaring – anchors and cables, derricks and navigation buoys, the whole furniture of shipping as well as the ships themselves. Just as the declining populations of large birds had drawn my attention, so did redundant maritime objects, some of them only just surviving in use, others redundant and lying about waiting to go to the scrap yard. To me they made irresistible subjects, which I arranged on my canvases from many drawings. They are memorials to an age of splendid industrial design, and to a magnificent period in the history of shipping.”