WORDEN G. WOOD1880-1943
Worden G. Wood, marine artist and illustrator, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1880. He attended Trinity School and Columbia University and became a member of the art staff of the New York World. Later on, Wood covered yachting events and served as an art director for the Boston Globe.
In 1898 Wood joined the United States Naval Reserve at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. He served as Seaman with the 1st Battalion of the New York Volunteer Naval Militia on the USS “Yankee” from April 28 – September 2, 1898. He later took part under General John J. Pershing in the campaign following the Villa raid on Columbus, New Mexico in 1916. On April 7, 1917 he became chief boatswain’s mate in the United States Navy. Wood’s grandfather, John Lorimer Worden, was commander of the U.S.S. “Monitor” in the famous battle of the ironclads with the Confederacy’s “Merrimac” at Hampton Roads, Virginia, March 8-9, 1862.
Wood was a marine illustrator for many firms, including the United States Lines, the French Line, the MacMillan Company, and the former United States Shipping Board.
He died on November 20, 1943 at the age of sixty-three at his home.