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At the Helm

(c) Wm Barth Osmundsen

"At the Helm" Bronze as commissioned by

The City of Oslo 

for presentation to​

  • Captain and crew of Christian Radich

during Norway's Operation Sail 1978 by

 HM King Olav V of Norway

      Forme Bronzes from the Sea  all started some 50+ years ago.  The year was 1976 and an armada of Tall Ships would run and tack up the coast of  America meeting for a celebratory parade up and down the Hudson River.

It was The Bicentennial, July 4th 1976 the 200th Birth of our Nation.

     As part of the festivities tens' of thousands of spectators  watched in awe this collection of Sail Ships which hadn't been present n such numbers since the late 1800's.   This was a fantastic day in our Nations history and for everyone present, proudfully taking in the  blue sky and water;- tall ships' white sails  cutting  silhouettes against Manhattan Skyscrapers it was simply magical. 

     With an approved project plan, by the Norwegian Information Service, of my creation, for this series of bronzes, my proposal was forwarded to the Captain of the Norwegian training vessel,  ​Christian Radich which had just left Bermuda and the Race, after a brief collision was now headed up the east coast with many other Tall Ships.

Christian Radich

     Captain Thorsen's approval wasn't passed-on till about a week after the New York event and just a short time before we were invited to sail out of Boston Harbor bound for the Saint Laurence Seaway and Montreal.

Bill Osmundsen

​June 2018