A masterful evocation of the coast shrouded in fog, this painting deviates from the typical horizontal emphasis of Heade's seascapes and marshes. The title, probably not original, is misleading, as the boat has been carefully beached and secured to a stake on the shore.
Lower right: M J. Heade/1863
The artist; C.R. Smith, Neenah, Wis.; with Smith Estate Sale, 1948; with Victor Spark, New York, 1948; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1948; to MFA, 1948, gift of Maxim Karolik.
Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865