At the Helm
(c) Wm Barth Osmundsen
"At the Helm" Bronze as commissioned by
The City of Oslo
for presentation to
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.
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.