USS Thresher SS200
THRESHER is depicted above in a black and white oil painting by well-known
World War II era artist John Vickery. The painting was commissioned by The
Electric Boat Company, builder of THRESHER and many other submarines of that
age and this. Used in a promotional campaign conducted by Electric Boat, the
picture appeared in Proceedings Magazine, the publication of the U.
S. Naval Institute. A life-long subscriber to the magazine, THRESHER’s first
skipper, Rear Admiral William L. Anderson, saw the picture and, thinking it
was a photograph, wrote to the President of The Electric Boat Company
inquiring where he might obtain a copy it. The Electric Boat executive
remembered Admiral (then Lt. Commander) Anderson from his days in Groton and
wrote in return that the picture was an oil painting, but that there was a
problem. The painting, no longer needed in the advertising campaign, had
either been sold or donated and was no longer in the possession of Electric
Boat. Some time later, and after some effort on the part of the President of
the company, he
wrote to Admiral Anderson telling him that the painting had been retrieved
and that it was being sent to him as a gift for his important role in the
life of the ship and in gratitude for his service. The painting was
prominently displayed in Adm. Anderson’s home for many years, and hung above
his bed in his last residence until his death in November 2004. The painting
now hangs in the offices of Adm. Anderson’s grandson.
Painting Image © 2005 Neil L. Wilkinson.
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