Marlett painted this portrait of the USS Miantonomoh for the family
publishing company that was started by his younger brother Rich. The
ship portrait was used to help promote the business, but limited
edition prints and posters were never made of the painting.
Ron was interested in the ship because it represented the beginning of
modern naval architecture. The ship was launched at the end of the
American Civil War and never saw combat. It was the Navy's first
sea-going ironclad monitor and in 1866, the Miantonomoh and two steam powered gunboats, the USS Augusta and USS Ashuelot, embarked on a European diplomatic cruise that lasted 14 months. Ron
kept the painting in his storage where it was severely damaged
during a winter storm in 2009. Ron found photographs of the ship on the
internet and began to repaint the painting. The ship's
configuation was changed and more details were added which
included accurate 1866 flags.