Hello ShipBucket folks. I’ve been an admirer for a long time. (Well, 5 years. Is that a long time around here?) However, I’ve been only a very intermittent visitor to this great site.
I found ShipBucket while searching for sources on which to found a business intended to stretch my income through my retirement years. I’m a first generation immigrant to the US from the Netherlands (Holland-America Line Maasdam IV, July 7, 1958), have always wanted to commemorate the event in some concrete way, and came to believe that others might want to do the same for their family’s migration history.
So I went off the deep end and designed RelationShips®. This product is built on maps of the historical times of the crossings, the family's origins and destinations, their departure and arrival ports, their route, their ship, all titled, double-matted, framed, glazed, and provided with a plaque of those who made the crossing. Each print is uniquely identified and initialed. (Check out some examples at www.jimaworks.com
if you’re interested).
The business model was originally to use available ship art with a royalty structure, since my aim was to offer RelationShips for *any* ship, anytime, anyplace, but was hoping to avoid making lots of ships ahead of time. I’ve set all that up, and I also offer affiliations so people can make commissions on referred sales. My idea for ShipBucket was that some of this talent pool might contribute their work as is, gain some royalty income either for themselves or for ShipBucket, maybe sell a couple of instances of the product, and end up as contributing artists of the *vector* representations of the passenger ships I’ll need.
Well, that hasn’t actually worked out too well. I’m now trying instead (again, actually) to get some vector drawings of ships made through freelancer.com. I would invite anyone interested in earning some coffee money++ for this kind of activity to get onto the freelancer website and look up “side-top-front view ship drawings” - or just contact me directly through the below contact info.
In the meantime, I’ll try to put a couple of new drawings on the site as well (yes, most likely including the MS Maasdam:). I hope they pass muster.
Hendrik J. Antonisse, founder & CEO
7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Ste 400W
Bethesda, MD 20814-3224