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The composition on this page describes sailing vessels out at sea, as articulated by Finberg.1 However, this identification does not convey the vulnerability of those vessels or the tumultuous storm at the eye of which they find themselves.
The ships are delineated to the right of centre, each one reduced to a single line for the hull and minimal markings for the mast and unfurled sails. The bottom quadrant of the page is left blank, but the left side and top half are filled with scarce but evocative lines to denote the height and depth of the storm’s power. At left, the markings are sweeping and long; at right they become compressed like taught springs above the fragile ships.
Finberg 1909, I, p.606.