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Navy Yard Illustrated by Madeline Carol

July 27, 2009

Generations of Dedication, 1901-1996  Painted by Madeline Carol

Generations of Dedication, 1901-1996 Painted by Madeline Carol

The Closure of Naval Base Charleston included the Charleston Naval Shipyard. The Shipyard served nuclear ships and submarines and was the top choice of the Atlantic Fleet from what I have heard. In 1994 artist Madeline Carol honored what she called the Generations of Dedication with this special watercolor painting. She captured the emotion of what was a dark time and employed her trademark ghosting to show workers leaving the Yard. Many aspects of what she painted back then have also since departed including the Powerhouse smokestack, exterior machinery, and the old dispensary on the left. At the time, Building 400, now 11 Storehouse Row was not yet completed.
Madeline has lived in Charleston and painted since the 1950’s. Madeline studied art in England, with distinguished artist Ray Goodbred of the Art Students League of New York, and in the Lowcountry. She was also molded by her mother, Freda Hanna, a well known local artist. Madeline taught at Trident Technical College in the Graphics Department. She worked in the Shipyard and succeeded in gaining the position of a Department of Navy illustrator at the Charleston Naval Shipyard. She was the first woman to achieve this position. Madeline particularly enjoys the fact that famed artist Norman Rockwell was also a Navy Yard Artist in 1918. Madeline’s art is displayed at She can be reached at (843)744-5044

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