A few weeks back I visited the New Orleans Museum of Art. Like any self-respecting American art museum, NOMA holds several shipwreck-themed objets d’art. A fellow shipwreck enthusiast spied the most impressive on the second floor balcony. There she stood in rapture, fully taken by Thomas Birch’s 1849 oil painting Rocky Coast with Shipwreck. Who could blame her? An epic, Romantic image. A timeless topic. Another world for a NOLA five-year old.