February 13, 1937 – November 1, 2017
The trustees and staff of the National Maritime Historical Society mourn the loss of marine artist and friend John Mecray. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Mary and all the members of the Mecray family. We are truly thankful for his enduring artistic contributions to our common maritime heritage. Fair winds, John.
John moved his family to Newport, RI the same year that the Tall Ships first came to the Island in 1976 and launched his second career as a marine artist. John combined his superb painting talent with an encyclopedic knowledge of sea faring history. Over the years his paintings and rare drawings were hung in homes of America’s premier art collections.
John’s keen interest in yachts and yachting history led to the founding of the Museum of Yachting and their annual classic yacht regatta. In 1993, he helped found the International Yacht Restoration School, IYRS, where he was trustee. John is a member of the Mystic Seaport Museum’s Yachting Committee, the New York Yacht Club, The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Herreshoff Marine Museum, among others.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the International Yacht Restoration School, 449 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840 or the Hope Hospice Palliative Care Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.